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Why Bother With New Years Resolutions

Most common new year's resolutions

Just checking in to see how many of us made New Year’s Resolutions and it being almost 3 weeks into the new year, have already dropped them or maybe… like me… haven’t started them yet?

Well, that’s not really true. I made 6 and I’m working every day on 5 of them.

Number 6 is walk at least 2 miles a day. My excuse is that with the temps being below freezing I haven’t ventured outside much.

There have been a couple of days that I walked around INSIDE the house and climbed the stairs 15 times and other than being absolutely boring… that gave me my 2 miles. I kept seeing things that I “needed” to put away or fix, so even though I got the miles in steps, I’m not sure how beneficial all the stops and starts were.


But I have done some serious thinking about “resolutions” in general.

According to statistics, about 54 million Americans say they make New Year’s Resolutions every year. The rest of that statistic is that only about 9% of that 54 million actually stick to their resolutions.

We’ve all done it at some time or another…

  • “I’m going to lose weight”
  • “I’m going to eat healthier”
  • “I’m gonna get out of debt”
    or even, “I’m going to get my side business going”

You talk about it, you read about it, you make plans to do it, and even buy new workout clothes, or set up the spreadsheet you’ll use to track your spending. Then you get back into your normal routine and the resolutions become “well I’ll start that next week”… or maybe you decide to just buy a bigger basket.

The problem isn’t the resolution…it’s your commitment to the resolution.

The very definition of a “resolution” is a promise that you make to yourself to do or not do something.

A “commitment” on the other hand, is a promise made to yourself to achieve a particular goal that:

  1.  Requires a clear plan of action
  2.  Has a clearly defined goal
  3.  Has a completion date and is physically documented and kept somewhere visible

Analyze your resolutions… are they something you’re going to want to do if you’re tired… busy… or even sick?


Are they realistic…

  • You want to lose 100 lbs… it’s not realistic to set you completion date 90 days out.
  • You want to get out of debt… unless you’re good at robbing banks, it’s probably going to take you several months.
  • You’re going to start eating healthier… are you willing to quit Starbucks and McDonald’s, stop buying junk, processed food and cook your own meals?

Commitment makes the difference between success, mediocrity or total failure.

So ask yourself… are you committed to your goals or just interested in them?

Are they written down?  If not… WHY?

Some Final Thoughts:

  •  Shift your mindset from resolutions to commitment… to getting results.
  •  Don’t make the same resolutions you made last year… make a commitment instead.
  •  There’s always someone watching you that you have the power to bless with your resolve.
  •  If it were easy, everyone would do it.
  •  Commit to NOT giving up… too many of us give up too quickly.

Do you make Resolutions? Did you stick to them… let me hear from you.

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