25 Scientific Reasons Resolutions Fail

It’s that time of year again! Time to make a list of all our New Year’s Resolutions. Over time, making resolutions at this time of year has become somewhat of a joke. People almost seem to set their intentions half-heartedly. However, there are still many of us out there that really really want to succeed. Even still, resolutions fail. Ever wonder why? Here are 25 Scientific Reasons Resolutions Fail.


We take on too much too quickly.


With social media promoting this diet and that exercise regime, we tend to bite off more than we can chew. It pays off in the long run to set realistic goals and then increase them over time.


We don't understand why we set the resolutions.


A big mistake we all make is not writing down clear reasons for our resolutions. When motivation begins to fade, it helps to remember exactly why the struggle is worth it.


We focus on the negative.

weightloss fail

Rather than resolving to get rid of negative things (weight), focus on adding positive things (learning a martial art). Being focused on positive things will help keep your motivation up in the long run.


We're too hard on ourselves.

eating whole cake

A lot of times we lose motivation, break our self-promise not to eat cake, and then give up. Don’t do that. Be easy on yourself. Take a break and get back to your resolution. Your will power will thank you!


Our resolutions aren't SMART.

smart goals

By smart, we mean that they aren’t Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Make realistic goals that you can achieve, and you’ll go a lot farther.

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