Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work

 Did you make any New Year’s resolution? Well there’s a chance you gave up on them at the weekend.

Apparently, 25% of us lose steam after seven days, giving in to a big slice of cake rather than going to the gym.

I’m not surprised. If you’re anything like me then you probably thought of the New Year as a time to change about 100 areas of your life; get fit, eat better, be a better wife/sister/daughter/friend, read more, stop worrying so much.

No wonder resolutions fail when we put so much pressure on ourselves – no one can possibly achieve all those goals, not even if you give them a year.

It reminds me of an article I read years ago that said willpower was a muscle and that it can only undertake a certain amount of exertion before it’s tired out and depleted.

If I’m using all my willpower on trying to be a better person then I don’t have the energy to exercise.

So this year, I’m only going to make one resolution: have fun. Actually make that, have fun and be happy.  

The year-long spending ban I’m on already means I’m getting a handle on my finances and because I’m cycling everywhere I feel like I have a handle on the ‘get fitter’ goal. I’m also meal planning like a demon which means I should eat better over the course of the year too – no late night drunken trips to the chip shop for me!

In fact ‘have fun and be happy’ is a resolution I wish for everyone and it’s one that I don’t think will wear out the willpower muscle too quickly!

Happy New Year everyone


4 thoughts on “Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work

  1. I couldn’t agree more! My only resolution for this year is to try and remember to write 2016 instead of 2015. That said I do like the chart I have from Elise Joy which has a circle for every day of the year and the Motto “Big things happen one day at a time”. I like it to chart overall progress rather than worrying about missing a day. You could even use it with “Did I do something fun today?”

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  2. I think I’ll join along on having fun and being happy in 2016. My resolution is actually a cultural-enrichment project. I’m listening to great classic rock artists of the 60s and 70s. The artists that shaped generations…Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Lennon, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, etc. Two years ago my “resolution” was to start appreciating beer. Yeah, I always make them fun 🙂

    Mrs. Mad Money Monster

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