Psychology Explains Why Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail

By , UniversityHerald Reporter

January is always a perfect time to start anew. It's also a time when new resolutions are made - resolutions that are still meant to fail, why?

In a report by Business Insider, Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist shares why new year's resolutions can do more harm than good. She said that people are naturally bad at setting goals and that when we fail, we end up feeling bad and frustrated.

Here are some of the mistakes she shared about New Year's resolutions

People create absolute goals

This means that people make a common mistake of making absolute or very concrete plans about what they are going to do and that could only be setting you up for failure. Why? Because you cannot always take control of everything. You should always allow room for changes.

The focus is on the things that need to be eliminated

When your focus is on the negative habits that you need to stop doing, it will only sound and feel more difficult. For example, instead of saying that you will stop drinking coffee, you have to say you will start drinking tea instead.

There's not enough motivation

A lot of the new year's resolutions people make do not last for more than a couple of months after January, and one of the reasons is because you are doing something that does not really mean a lot to you, according to LifeHack. When you want to make something happen, it should come from the heart so that it becomes sustainable.

It should be something that you want with all of your heart so that you can always have the motivation to keep going no matter what happens. You have to make sure you have a solid foundation when you make resolutions so you can have the energy to keep pressing and pushing on what you have started.

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