Why New Years Resolutions Don't Stick and What to Do About It!

It is that time of year again when millions of Americans will contemplate what their New Year’s resolutions will be. Unfortunately, according to research a slim eight percent of those who make a resolution will actually keep them. Although this may seem a bit discouraging to the average person, it certainly does not prevent advertisers from enticing you with weight loss commercials and gym discounts.

When reviewing the research here are a few reasons why resolutions don't seem to stick followed by one very BIG reason, I have discovered after working with hundreds of clients:

They Are Too Vague

One example of a vague resolutions is, I want to lose weight. Really? I suggest asking yourself what exactly does that mean? Be more specific such as: You want to lose ten pounds, get in better shape or increase muscle?

They Focus on Results rather than the Process

Okay, so you want to lose weight, ask yourself how might that look. So rather than focus on those ten pounds, instead put your attention on the process. In order to shed those pounds you will need to come up with some sort of plan. It is likely to include some changes in eating habits as well as an increase in exercise.

They Try to Do It Alone

Let’s face it changing a habit takes time and support. For example, if you want to lose weight you might need the support of a loved one to put your children on the bus so you can go to the gym a couple of times a week. Perhaps you join a walking group to motivate you to increase exercise or hire a coach to help you come up with a tailored exercise and nutrition program.

Okay, here it is, a BIG reason why people don’t keep their New Year’s Resolutions. Drum roll, please……

They Get Triggered by Them

Yes, resolutions are often triggers. Let me explain. Individuals who want to lose weight are often triggered by their body image or unresolved feelings of not being good enough. Those that wish to make more money can be triggered by their bills or low bank accounts. People who wish to quit smoking are often triggered by stress. You get the point?

Now certainty, I am not advocating that you avoid creating New Year’s resolutions which trigger you. However, as you move into the process, it is important to recognize how triggers may influence your course. Without awareness triggers are what get you to quit, doubt or relinquish your efforts. The key is to notice you are being triggered without acting on it. What I have found is in order to move through triggers you first need to C.L.E.A.N.S.E them.

This is how the C.L.E.A.N.S.E formula featured in Emotional Detox came to be. The steps help you dissolve those triggers so you can keep those resolutions rolling. To support you, I will be teaching a LIVE workshop this Sunday, January 7th 6:30 p.m. at Centerville Yoga and Wellness Center. For those of you that are not local, no worries, C.L.E.A.N.S.E Coaching sessions can be done easily over the phone.

Be sure to sign up on my website www.sheriannaboyle.com  for future CLEANSING Tips. Until then, Happy New Year Everyone! 

Wishing you many blessings in the days to come,


Sherianna Boyle is a motivational speaker and author of Emotional Detox, Simon & Schuster 2018 and six other titles. Her books and services can be found at www.sheriannaboyle.com.

Sherianna Boyle