New Year Resolutions – Why You Can’t Keep Them

With it being the first week of the new year, I thought I’d share a little insight of mine into a commonly used phrase that many people tend to throw around as they ring in the new year. I’m sure you’ve heard it before. In my opinion, it’s completely overused and misunderstood. Can you guess what it is?

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New Year, New You

How many of us have used this phrase when we´re making our new year resolutions? We’ve all done it; I’m no exception either, I remember repeating the New Year, New You phrase to myself every year, probably up until the time I moved abroad. I somehow thought that by simply saying it, I would be manifesting the words as well but in fact, all I was doing was manifesting unrealistic resolutions that would be difficult to keep.

It’s a typical story by many and goes a little like this…

This year my new year resolution is to get fit and lose weight…..cut out coffee…..put more time to self-care, etc. Whatever it is, maybe for the first few weeks or months you’re dedicated to your resolution however shortly after, many people fail to keep it up.

We’ve all fallen victim to the failed resolutions but why is it? Plain and simple we tend to set goals or resolutions for ourselves that can’t fully be adapted into our present lives. Another main problem, we typically make resolutions without thinking about how we are going to implement and sustain them or without even ask ourselves the core reason as to why we want to start them in the first place.

The last year has been a journey of intense self-development for me, and throughout, I have struggled with being able to fully stick with the resolutions I’ve made, whether it be eating healthy, morning yoga, or making sure I finish my day with a meditation. This year, with the shift into 2018, I won’t be using the phrase New Year, New You,  because frankly, just because the clock strikes 12 on the 31st of December doesn’t mean that when you wake up in the morning, you’ll be a new person. There is a lot more intention that should go into setting goals and resolutions for yourself.

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Saying you’ll do something and actually manifesting it are two completely different things. With new year resolutions, many of us think that by making one large drastic change we’ll easily be on our way to improvement. The truth is, there isn’t one drastic change you need to make to reach the goal you’ve set, and frankly it’s often not sustainable.

Looking to keep those resolutions you’ve set?

Try following these 3 steps:

1. Set your resolution or big goal for the year (Mine is to build my business)

2. Make sure you’ve asked yourself why you are wanting to make the change or why you’ve set a particular goal. Remember, you’re more likely to stick to your resolution if it’s something you’re doing for yourself, not others.

3. Determine exactly how you’ll work on your resolution by making small intentional changes you can implement right now AND set micro manifestations that will help you achieve the bigger goals you have this year.

For 2018, my first micro manifestation that I’m setting, to help bring me closer to my bigger goal of building my business, is to practice consistency every day, in all aspects of my life. Showing up on a daily basis and continuing to take messy action is an intentional manifestation I am implementing into my routine. I will breathe it, live it, and act on it.

What’s your big goal for 2018 and some of the micro manifestations that you’ll be implementing to help you get there?

As always, I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment down below.


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