Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Will Fail and How to Fix It


Let me guess. You decided from 1st January you were going to eat well and exercise? Me to. Or maybe 2016 is the year of declutter? If neither of those then you’re definitely changing jobs this year right?

There’s something about a new year a new month or a new week that fills us with motivation and enthusiasm for change. But for some reason, according to a study done by the University of Bristol, 88% of those who set a new year’s resolution will fail. This is despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning.

Why? Because often we make a sweeping generalisation of something huge and life changing. Then in the reality of a new day we start thinking about what we need to do at step seven to achieve it, when we haven’t even done step one. This turns us off and we talk ourselves out of what we so adamantly wanted less than a day ago.

If you want to join the 12% and actually achieve your resolutions, these simple steps will get you on the right path

1. Decide on exactly what you want

Take time to really think about this. Imagine it’s already exactly how you want it to be. What are you seeing around you? How do you feel on a consistent basis? What are you telling yourself? Who did you become in order to achieve your goal?

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this_Decide what you want

2. Write it down

There is a big difference between thinking or saying what you want and actually committing yourself to pen and paper to write it down. Follow the SMART goal method:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely


So if you want a new job, then decide what type of role you want. Will you be at the next leadership level above you at work? Or with a different company?


Put a measurement on your action – for example, to apply for a certain amount of jobs per week or per month.


Is it achievable? Think about what you need to do in order to take on that job. Do you need to retrain or study? Move your family interstate? What do you need to give up in order to gain it?


How realistic is it that you can do that work? If you are an extrovert who loves working with people but the role requires you to work alone in an office analysing data is it really something you will enjoy?


Put a timeframe on it. If you leave it open-ended and say “a new job sometime this year” how motivated do you think you’ll be to take action? Set a date and watch your motivation to actually do something increase.

3. Create a vision board

You’ve heard the saying ‘a picture paints a thousand words’? Our unconscious mind remembers symbols easier than text. When we stimulate our unconscious through pictures and symbols, it looks for opportunities to create what we want.

Creating a vision board where each picture on your board evokes a positive emotional response from you will give you the best chance to turn your resolution into a reality. Looking at the board will make you feel happy and fuel your desire to achieve it.

Vision Boards


If you are local to Gippsland, you have a fabulous opportunity to set yourself up for success. We are running vision board sessions during February where you will walk away with your own personal vision board. To turn your resolutions into reality in 2016. Make sure you register, as numbers are limited. Check out our events page on Facebook for more details on venues and dates.


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