What’s Wrong with New Year’s Resolutions

by Karrie Kohlhaas on January 1, 2007

in Newsletter

Space Needle on New Year's Eve

Space Needle on New Year's Eve

Studies show that people over-estimate what they can accomplish in a day and at the same time under-estimate what they can accomplish in a year. You’ve probably experienced this on the daily level, not getting to everything on your to-do list and feeling a bit defeated. At the same time, the very real potential of what can be accomplished in a year is almost always under-nurtured and left unrealized. This is true for both personal goals and business goals. In fact, one of the biggest factors in small businesses failing is that they tend not to plan far enough in advance.

New Year’s Resolutions are a great idea, but that is the crux of it, they usually stay in the realm of “ideas” and most often are not actualized. Most of the time people want to change a habit or they want to see a dramatic shift in some area but after a month or so the resolution is forgotten and again, defeat sets in.

The problem I have with these New Year Resolutions is that they are attached to the beginning of the year by definition. People say proudly “My New Year’s Resolution is to lose 50 pounds” as if the very declaration will make it so. But they don’t put anything in place to make that happen.

What I help people do is make a plan for the year that puts your resolutions in the context of your life. Without this, your resolution is just a wish.

I would love to meet with you in the coming weeks to make a plan that puts your new habits or goals in a structure that will help you manifest results consistently. We will look at what you want to change and then set you up for success in the coming year. How many times have you heard someone say “Well, there goes my New Year’s Resolution”? That doesn’t have to be you.

Let’s make a plan that fits into your existing routine and that calls you forth and has you feel motivated and excited about making these shifts actually occur throughout the year.

© 2007 – 2009, Karrie Kohlhaas. All rights reserved.

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