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Why New Year's Resolutions Are A Waste Of Time

Updated: Dec 30, 2022


New year's resolutions are a common tradition in which people commit to making positive changes in their lives. These resolutions can be related to personal growth, health, relationships, career, or other areas of life. Some examples of common new year's resolutions might include exercising more, eating healthier, saving money, learning a new skill, or traveling more. I have been here making new year resolutions in my 20s and failing badly within a week and blaming myself for how unworthy I was. But now, I am successful at not making any resolutions and only working on my goals and dreams no matter when I begin.


Strain and impact of new year resolutions


The strain and impact of setting new year resolutions can be significant, as people often feel pressure to make significant changes in their lives at the start of the year. This can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety, as individuals may feel overwhelmed by the task of making and achieving their goals. Additionally, the disappointment and self-judgment that can come with not meeting one's resolutions can have negative effects on mental health and self-esteem. It is important to approach the process of setting resolutions with self-compassion and a focus on self-care, and to remember that progress and growth can happen at any time, not just at the beginning of the year.


It's important to keep in mind that making new year's resolutions can be a positive and rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful and challenging. It's natural to feel excited and motivated at the beginning of a new year, but it's important to manage your expectations and be realistic about what you can accomplish.


One potential strain of making new year's resolutions is the pressure to make big, sweeping changes all at once. This can be overwhelming and may lead to feelings of failure if you don't see immediate progress. It's important to be patient and remember that positive change takes time and effort.


Another potential impact of new year's resolutions is the risk of becoming too focused on achieving your goal and neglecting other areas of your life. It's important to find a healthy balance and make time for self-care, relaxation, and other activities that bring you joy.

You're not alone when you fail at your resolutions...

If you are finding that your new year's resolutions are causing undue stress or negatively impacting your well-being, it may be helpful to reassess your goals and make adjustments as needed. It's okay to adjust your goals or take a break if needed – the most important thing is to prioritize your own well-being.


How much percentage of people fail at new year resolutions


Research has shown that a significant number of people do not achieve their new year's resolutions. One study found that only 8% of people achieve their new year's resolutions, while another study found that up to 80% of people fail to stick to their resolutions. These numbers suggest that while some people may be successful in achieving their goals, many people struggle to follow through on their resolutions.

Let's explore some habits we can start to make this year successful. There are a number of factors that may contribute to the difficulty of achieving new year's resolutions. These can include a lack of clear goals, unrealistic expectations, a lack of motivation or support, or a lack of time or resources.


To increase your chances of success, it's important to set specific, achievable goals, create a plan for achieving them, and enlist the support of friends, family, or a professional coach or therapist. It's also important to be patient and kind to yourself, as positive change takes time and effort.


On January 1, New Year's resolutions begin to form. And then the inevitable happens once these resolutions set in. They hit a brick wall and people give up and start a new "I'll do it tomorrow" list.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on your life. If you've set a goal, how has it been going? Have you been able to achieve the things you set out to do?


How to set goals


Setting goals can be a useful way to focus your efforts and make progress towards the things you want to achieve. Here are a few tips for setting effective goals:


Be specific: Clearly define what you want to accomplish, and be specific about the steps you will take to get there.


Make it measurable: Choose a goal that you can track and measure, so you can see your progress along the way.


Set a deadline: Giving yourself a timeline can help you stay focused and motivated.


Make it achievable: Choose a goal that is realistic and achievable, given your current resources and circumstances.


Make it relevant: Choose a goal that is meaningful and aligns with your values and priorities.


Write it down: Putting your goal in writing can help you stay committed and on track.


Break it down: Divide your goal into smaller, actionable steps to make it easier to achieve.


Seek support: Enlist the help of friends, family, or a professional coach or therapist to keep you motivated and accountable.


Remember, it's important to be patient and kind to yourself as you work towards your goals. Positive change takes time and effort, and it's okay to make mistakes or face setbacks along the way.


Now That's A Resolution Worth Making


Journal prompts for the new year.


Below Journal prompts will help you in engaging with the core essentials of yourself and then set your goals. It's a great time to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the upcoming one.


What are my goals for the new year?

What did I learn from the past year?

What am I most looking forward to in the new year?

What are three things I want to let go of in the new year?

What are three things I want to embrace in the new year?

What are my values and how do I want to live in alignment with them in the new year?

What are three things I can do to take care of myself in the new year?

What are three things I want to do for others in the new year?

What are three things I want to do for my personal growth in the new year?

How do I want to feel in the new year, and what can I do to support that feeling?

What is one goal I want to focus on achieving in 2022?

What was the most meaningful moment from this past year?

What do I need to let go of from 2022 in order to move forward this new year?

What is one goal I want to focus on achieving in 2022?

How can I make 2023 a better year than 2022?

What is my biggest dream for 2022 and how can I work towards making it a reality?

Where do I want to be personally and professionally in six months’ time?

What small step can I take today that will help me reach my goals within the next 6 months?


Remember, journaling prompts aim to help you explore your thoughts and feelings, so it's important to write from the heart and not worry about grammar or structure. It's also important to be gentle and compassionate with yourself as you journal, and to remember that taking breaks or skipping prompts that don't feel helpful or relevant is okay.


To make a successful new year's resolution, it's important to be specific and realistic. Choose a goal that is achievable and aligns with your values and priorities. It can also be helpful to break your goal down into smaller, actionable steps and track your progress along the way.

New Year's Resolutions are often based on a self-prescribed image of the 'perfect you'. Unfortunately, they rarely improve your life in any meaningful way. Instead, we should focus on enjoyable daily tasks that help us build a better future.


It's also important to be kind to yourself and remember that it's okay to make mistakes or face setbacks. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't achieve your goal right away – focus on your progress and continue working towards your goal.


Here's to a brighter, bolder future in 2023! May this new year be filled with good health, happiness, and adventure. Let's make this the year of setting our sights high and creating an amazing life for ourselves and those we love. #HappyNewYear2023


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