The Only New Year’s Resolution You Will Ever Need To Make

For 2011 you should commit to one and only and your very last New Year’s Resolution.  A resolution ‘Not to Make Any New Year’s Resolutions’ ever again.  Before I get into reasons why New Year’s Resolutions never work, jog your memory a little bit and try to recall the last time you actually saw one through? Majority of people have abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions very early on.  Be it to stop swearing or get fitter in the New Year, I’m sure you’ve dropped and F-bomb here and there or skipped your workouts.  New Year’s resolution do not work because:

There are no deadlines. Most of the New Year’s Resolutions sound like this: This Year I will… In the New Year I am… the problem with this is that there are no deadlines set for your goals to be accomplished by.  This can backfire and will give you a reason to procrastinate.

There are no specific goals. Wen we set New Year Resolutions, they tend to be vague.  You’ll have a better chance of succeeding if you set specific goals.  So instead of saying I will start running in the New Year, you need to re-phrase it so that the statement includes your goals. For example, in January I want to run at least 3 miles a week, in February 5 miles a week and so on.  With this plan, each month you will have new goals to hit and motivation to achieve them.

There are no repercussions. In  business world and other aspects of regular life there are consequences if certain goals or deadlines aren’t met. The fear of these consequences keeps us motivated to complete a project, close a sale and ensure trash is out to the curb by 7am.  But when we set New Year’s Resolutions, we never set consequences for ourselves should we fail to achieve our goals in the New Year.

Lack of motivational reinforcement. As the year goes on, our motivation to keep up our Resolution fizzles away.  We forget why we originally decided to get fit and what the specific motivating factors were.  Just as you are to make a plan of action to accomplish your New Year’s Resolution you also need to think about how you plan on motivating yourself through the year.

Lack of authentic desire to change. New Year’s Resolutions are very artificial. Just because it’s a New Year, new month and a new day it doesn’t mean it’s only time of the year to start making changes in your life.  You can start making new resolutions and setting goals for yourself any time of the year.  A genuine desire to change and improve will help you achieve your goals and keep you motivated through the year.

Andrei Petrik

Andrei Petrik is a Personal Training Specialist / (Can-Fit-Pro) and a Fitness writer based out of Toronto, Canada. Andrei utilizes HIIT, Circuit Training and other functional training methods to help his clients reach their fitness goals. When Andrei's not writing, working out, or whipping his clients into shape you can find him practicing his marketing chops as a digital marketer at

3 thoughts on “The Only New Year’s Resolution You Will Ever Need To Make

  • January 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Excellent point. The whole ‘New Years Resolution’ is overblown. That’s why you need to write down any new goals (regardless of the day you make them). Once their written down, break them up into smaller (more manageable) chunks. Then revisit them periodically. For some reason, reading them periodically provides some accountability.

  • January 1, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Nice article Andrei. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be a New Year’s resolution. It should be a commitment to one’s self year in and year out.

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