Why most people fail at New Year’s Resolutions

And how to get back on track

Today marked 6 weeks since New Years Day.

Did you make getting healthier/losing weight/quitting smoking one of your New Year’s goals?

If so, you’re one of over 40% of North Americans who make a resolution and one of 21% who make a health related resolution.

However, Forbes reported that only 8% of people who make resolutions are still working on them at the 6 week mark.

That’s over a 80% failure rate. And if you’re over 50 you’re more likely to drop off than those in their 20's.

Why is it so hard?

I was shocked at the numbers, and wanted to find out why so many people fall short of success. (I really don’t like the word fail)

Here is what I found out.

Many people make too many resolutions.

Focus on one resolution, rather several. What is the most important thing for you in your life right now that you want to change? Find that out and work on it.

People set unrealistic goals.

Set realistic, specific goals — losing weight is not a specific goal. Losing 10 pounds in 90 days would be. Set realistic, specific goals and break them up in chunks — i.e. lose 1 pound a week or 1 inch on your waist every 2 weeks.

Too much pressure (or alcohol) on New Years Eve.

Making changes and resolutions don’t have to only be made on January 1, or the beginning of a month, or a Monday. Make it a year long process, focus on small goals every day.


Many people get overwhelmed at what they resolved to do. Take small baby steps. I find that many people quit because the goal is too big requiring too many changes all at once.

No support

People who have family or friend support succeed. They have cheerleaders to help them. Ask someone to be your accountability buddy or hire a health coach to help you. It is great to have someone close to you that believes in what you are doing that can help you stay on track.


Celebrate each step — small or large. Be sure to celebrate your success between milestones. Don’t wait the goal to be finally completed. If your goal is to lose weight, but that week you didn’t lose any, what non-scale victory can you celebrate? Did you choose to walk up the stairs one day instead of taking the elevator? Celebrate it!

Achieving better health, and/or losing weight can be done. You just need the correct tools.

This is where I can help. As a certified healthcare practitioner, I have the knowledge and experience to help you make the changes in your life to get healthier, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, lose weight, and balance your hormones, (just to name a few).

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Originally published at www.patriciaeales.com on February 12, 2018.

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