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Why New Year's Resolutions Tend to Fail—And How to Make Them Succeed | Mel Schwartz
At this time of year many of us make New Year's resolutions that over time wither and fade as we try vainly to transform some aspect of our lives. What begins with a hopeful optimism descends in yet another unmet aspiration. It's always a curiosity to me how we seek change in the same way that produces the same failure. I imagine that if we conducted a survey six months after the New Year and asked people about the success of their resolutions, we'd find an abysmal rate of failure. Our struggle with change is resoundingly difficult and scant attention is devoted toward understanding why that's so. Change begins as a thought, underscored by a wish or even stronger, a desire. This may set in motion an even stronger feeling, an intention. Most people find themselves somewhere within this continuum. Clearly, where you fall within that range is important toward the eventual outcome, but nevertheless insufficient for an assurance of reaching your goal. What typically prevents the success