Why New Year Resolutions don’t work, and what you should do instead.

It’s that time of the year when our logo wears Santa’s cap, and we can’t help but ask, “where did the year go?”

So, we came up with this strategy that would help anyone maximize any year.

Here goes:

Start Your Year Early… In fact, start your new year NOW! (i. e., from Christmas or earlier).

There is really no point to wait till the 1st of January when you can be at your best from December. 

… as BJ Fogg has said, “Design beats willpower.” Anytime. Everytime. @funmie_adebayo

Moreover, from experience (and as our county people would say), ”the new year will come now, and we will all set goals; then some people won’t finish ‘booting’ till like February” (sic).

By February, the first quarter of the year will be halfway through, and it doesn’t do anyone any good if your year hasn’t even started by then!

Resolutions rely on willpower. They fail because, according to the title of Benjamin P. Hardy on the subject, Willpower Doesn’t Work!!! @funmie_adebayo

Why New Year Resolutions Don’t Work

So, why do new year resolutions fail?

Resolutions rarely work because they rely on willpower. They fail because, according to the title of Benjamin P. Hardy on the subject, Willpower Doesn’t Work!!!

However, as BJ Fogg has said, “Design beats willpower.”

Anytime. Everytime.

Do this instead…

Therefore, instead of relying on your will power, choose to attack your resolutions, living ‘by design’ .

Design vs. Willpower.

So, how do you live intentionally, or ‘by design’?

Here are few examples:

  • If you choose to wake up at 4.00am daily, set an alarm, rather than rely on your will power to get up.
  • Do not take your gadgets home with you if you plan to stop working from home.
  • Leave your phone in the sitting room if you plan to stop glancing at it while in bed.
  • Set your TV to go off at a specific rather than depend on your will power to put it off at bedtime time.
  • Etc.

If you start doing what you should do as at when due by design, and stop putting away your tasks till a celebrated future date, then you’d be halfway done with your goals by the new year!

Therefore, start your year early by turning the items on your new year resolution list into goals. Furthermore, break the goals down into simple steps, tasks and habits with deadlines, and plan to start ticking them off immediately.

You will be surprised at how much you will have achieved by January end; besides, that sense of accomplishment will give you the boost you need to achieve much more in the new year!

… start your year early by taking on those very tasks, projects and habits on your list immediately.

In conclusion, plan to live by design, as will power simply doesn’t work. Furthermore, convert your new year resolutions into achievable, measurable goals, and start ticking them off immediately. You will get the boost you need to start your new year well, and a great start means a great year!


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