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Many of us set New Year’s Resolutions and after March 80% of us give up on them! Why? Here are three reasons your New Year’s resolutions will fail:

You Have Too Many of Them. Quit trying to accomplish five things at once! It’s overwhelming! Instead, try putting all of your energy into accomplishing just one thing. If you are spread too thinly, you could easily lose focus and eventually give up.

You Jumped on a Band Wagon. You decided to do something because your friends or family are doing it and not because you really want to do it! If you don’t believe in it, it will be easy to quit or forget. Do something that you really want to do and that makes you feel good. Forget the wagon!

You Are Doing The Same Thing. Come on… what is the definition of insanity again… “doing the same thing, expecting different results!” Just because it is a new year does not mean it is going to be easier, or that you are going to be more motivated. It means you must do something different. You have to hang around different people. You have to write your goals down and share them with your family and friends. You have to identify the consistent behaviors that hinder you from accomplishing your new year’s resolution and change those behaviors. Like they say, “If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less!” Change your ways and you will change your world!

If you want to, you can share with us what your new year’s resolution or goals for this year are in the comments below. Come on… put some positive pressure on yourself and let us hold you accountable! As always…

Dream BIG,

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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  • Robert Owebs says:

    I look at New Year’s resolutions as band wagon jumping. Because of that, I eschew them. Rather, I have personal-improvement goals that I am constantly working on and evaluating, adjusting, and modifying as I see fit. I am not beholden to an arbitrary start/end date of the year, which I find is seldom my timeline.

  • kavi says:

    Hi Ryan…
    1.Too many goals .. I think you had mentioned in one of your videos (P3 times a day) When you narrow your focus , you broaden your opportunities. So true.

    2. I also think it is very important to set a goal that matters to YOU rather than what your friends and family are doing to your point.

    3.Another point is to be ready for failure … Thomas Watson once said, ‘the key to success is massive failure’ .. if we know our WHY , we will be determined to overcome any obstacles no matter what the road blocks …

    4. Focus on the process and keep the end in mind. Most of the time we tend to focus on the destination and set up ourselves for failure. I think it’s the process how we get to the destination that makes us strong , learn and grow and share with others.
    Thanks again for inspiring your fans.Kavi

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