Do New Year’s Resolutions really Work?

The thought behind new year’s resolutions is good at heart and if treated in the correct way can be effective. However, The problem with setting new year’s resolutions is that it doesn’t really work for most people. It doesn’t work for a variety of reasons either because the resolution isn’t realistic or because people just stop too soon. In this post, I’ll tell you exactly what you should be doing and how you can succeed at making goals any day or month of the year.


ATTENTION: This is the first post on BookMattic for 2019! Happy New Year 2019 everyone for all returning and new visitors I wish you the very best for 2019. May 2019 hold tons of success and happiness for you.


Being Straight Up Honest

There’s no point in beating around the bush. Most people forget about their New Year’s Resolution after just a few weeks. Why is that? It’s because they don’t make action plans about how they are going to accomplish their goal. Another big reason is they do not work on it every day.


So what you should be doing instead? You should treat every day, no matter what day or month it is, as a day you can get closer to accomplishing your BIG goals.


There’s no point in waiting until the beginning of the year to start setting new BIG goals. Yes, by all means, use the beginning of the year as motivation to have a better year then go about taking realized action. There’s nothing wrong with that. But never use having a new year’s resolution as an excuse as to why you stopped going for your goal.


Accomplishing goals takes time and nothing happens all at once. Writing down a specific course of action on how you are going to accomplish your goals and starting to take daily action will help you actually accomplish your New Year’s Resolution.


What You Should do Instead of Setting Your Usual New Year’s Resolution Goals

As I mentioned above, accomplishing BIG goals take time. In order to accomplish your big goal you need to break it down into smaller more bite-sized chunks. For example, if you decide that you want to write and publish a book in 2019. That’s a big task to take on considering an average book is between 30,000 and 70,000 words depending on the genre.


So break your big goal of, let’s say 50,000 words into smaller doable bites. You want to publish your book by November so you need to get your writing done by the end of April which will leave you time for editing and negotiating with your publisher. That means you need to write 420 words per day to reach 50,000 words by your set deadline. 420 words per day seems much more doable than 50,000 words all at once right?


It’s a must that you try to keep the habit of doing whatever it may be to reach your goal every single day. It takes up to 66 days to create a solid habit. As long as you stick to your target you will reach your goal and create a good habit along the way.


Recommended Reading:

I also recommend reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg if you’re interested in creating new habits and learning how to replace your bad ones. This book was one of my favorites of 2018. If you want to know the other 7 books I loved in 2018 click here.


Once You Reach Your Goal

Let’s say you’ve reached your goal already. You should celebrate your win. Every win you have. But please don’t fall into the trap of turning back into a couch potato. You should keep that momentum you’ve created from your first big goal and follow through with setting out to accomplish another big goal. Also, don’t fall into the trap of setting only your New Year’s Resolutions. Only setting one BIG goal a year is crazy!


Recommended Reading:

If you’d like to read more about setting BIG goals and other inspiring tips about starting your own business read The Heart of the Deal by Anthony Lolli which was also another book on my list of best business books of 2018.


Set Daily Goals Instead of New Year’s Resolutions Goals

I hope this post inspires you to reach for your BIG goals on a daily basis rather than a yearly basis. Everything good comes one step at a time and not all at once. So start writing your daily goals down in a notebook you can easily carry around with you. Each time you think of something you want to add to your list write it down. One last piece of advice is to make sure every small goal you set aligns with your BIG goal.


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