Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

What’s never in doubt is these turbulent times keep us constantly awaken, questioning the core values of the human race. Considering the scale of the ongoing shake-up, some would be far happier to read something optimistic and life-affirming rather than philosophical (I don’t have my PhD. Yet. Just an armchair philosopher). Unluckily, I’m out to raise even more questions. Questions about NY’s resolutions as they are on the rise these days (I’m not fanatic about any resolutions, however, my list of wishes is under the soft pillow, just in case).

I do love reading the NY Times during my morning ritual. There are usually a few newsletters covering different rubrics and awakening me at dawn. One of them, At Home. As the motto says, “Our best suggestions for how to live a full and cultured life during the pandemic, at home.” Fairly intriguing, isn’t it? Here’s the link to what I relate to while writing these lines:

Have you ever mulled over why people set their goals for just one given year but not for years to come? Doesn’t it seem like a short-sighted approach, especially if you do care about the quality of a foundation on which you’re building your life?

However terrifying it may sound, a year contains these 365(6) little pieces, after which we are going, say, to start a new rotation. I cannot argue the fact per se, but doesn’t this rotation go over the same orbit year after year? If so, why do we neglect the time that will come after a New year — a ‘Newer’ New year, if you don’t mind? And what makes NY’s resolutions so special that they ought to be done during just one, strictly set, specific year? Whence did such an attachment come? What lies at the root of it?

Speaking of the d-i-i-istant future that’s far from the horizon, you may rightly ask me what if tomorrow doesn’t arrive. Would it make any sense to build a long-term strategy, draw a route to the last gasp, design a method to reach the unseen pinnacle of the mountain you’re ascending? Just as fair as the following: would those resolutions make any sense either, once the crack of doom took place tomorrow?

How To Accomplish Your New Year’s Lifetime Resolutions?

  • Plan out your life on your own

I’m very sceptical about those templates that people from the screen offer you to implement into your daily routine (am I doing so?). Whereas they, more specifically their approach, might be right, there’s no guarantee for you it’s set to work out.

  • Live your life

And spell ‘life’ correctly since many of us lose ‘f’ on the way to…

  • Feel your life.

We’ve got five senses — sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste (I solely rely on the fact that science knows, doesn’t it?). But I also tend to rely on spirituality, believing and trusting something intangible. Something that can neither be handled, tasted, seen, smelled, nor heard by our sensory receptors, which play quite a role in how we perceive the world around us.

I bet you New Year’s Resolutions don’t go a long way after a couple of days (weeks) vanishing into thin air, however desperate you are to prove this statement wrong. They should be a part of something bigger and more meaningful. They should resonate with your inner space, with your inner voice, with your inner nature. We are all living systems, and, much like the others, the last beat will end up our journey. Now is the time to find your path and pave it as committed as only possible (a vivid example of how those guys from the screen close their pitches).


8 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

1. You lack inner resources.

2. You don’t make sacrifices.

3. You enjoy lolling in the chair.

4. You pursue instant gratification.

5. You’re tied to your comfort zone.

6. You find your goals meaningless.

7. You’re not disciplined to be consistent.

8. You don’t know what you truly want in life.


Don’t dream too much as some of our visualizations may lead to weird and vivid pictures that turn our bedtime into a torturous nightmare! However, if you are to spice your night routine up, then dream big and try to keep your sanity in place.

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