7 Reasons We Don’t Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. To succeed, always try just one more time.
Thomas Edison

Seven reasons why we might not fulfill our resolutions:

  1. We don’t have the belief system to support the changes we may want to make. Beliefs like “I will never be able to change” or “Change is difficult” will interfere with our ability to change.
  2. We don’t have a plan for how the resolution will be fulfilled.
    Wanting to change is not enough. Making a resolution to change isn’t enough. We have to have a plan for the fulfillment of the resolution. For example, for a resolution of being healthier, what steps need to be taken to be healthier? Eating healthier foods? If so, what does that look like? What foods need to be reduced and/or eliminated? Getting healthy or healthier, does this include exercise? If so, what does that look like? Walking around the park? Going to a gym? Getting together with friends for a game of horseshoes?
  3. We lack a support system.
    Some of the changes we want to make in our lives may be difficult. If we have a support system that can encourage us when we want to slack off and/or quit, can be the difference between quitting or giving it at least one more effort.
  4. The consequences of not fulfilling the resolution are minimal and we lack the motivation to change. Unfortunately, for most of us, it may take a crisis to motivate us enough to make the difficult changes in our lives.
  5. We don’t make the resolution a priority in our lives.
    Let’s say, the resolution is to be healthier. We need to make time to exercise. Exercising needs to become a habit and a part of our weekly routine. Or it may mean eating healthier foods. A daily intake of most fast food will not generate great health. It might mean taking the time to fix a healthy lunch at home before going to work.
  6. We lack the energy, knowledge, and/or ability to move beyond stumbling blocks.
  7. The pay-offs for NOT fulfilling the resolution might have more of an attraction for us. It’s easier to be the victim, helpless, feel sorry for ourselves, be angry, and/or feel undeserving and worthless than to work toward the fulfillment of our resolutions.

Here are a few EFT tapping statements for keeping our resolutions:

  • I will never be able to change.
  • Change is too difficult.
  • I lack the motivation needed to change.
  • I lack a plan for the fulfillment of my resolutions.
  • I lack the energy needed to make changes.
  • I give up when the going get rough.
  • I would rather be a victim than change.
  • I’m too angry to change.
  • I am not deserving of the life I desire.

© Tessa Cason, 2022.

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