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Why Most New Year's Resolutions fail

The main reason New Year’s Resolutions fail is because, despite our best intentions, we are not willing to feel rubbish.

This is not a personal slight, it is natural programming. Your brain is hard-wired to seek out pleasure and avoid discomfort. And learning new things can be really uncomfortable. The good news is that once we have identified this is going to happen we can make a plan for it.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Get specific. Rather than just “get more healthy” try something like “I will do some movement I will enjoy once a week”. Vagueness leaves a lot of room for procrastination. Pin your brain down.

  2. Break your goal into small actionable steps so you can mark your progress.

  3. Another reason why new year's resolutions fail is that they often lack support or accountability. It can be difficult to stick to a resolution without the support of others, whether it's friends, family, or a community. Without this support, it's easy to give up or lose sight of our goals, which is what we do at SelfCareSchool.

You do not have to do this work in community, but it sure is quicker.

I’d love to help keep navigating you back to your own answers and centre your own well-being for the new year.

Join us for Pleasure, Possibilities and Potential, sign up today to get your welcome workbook for journal prompts for New Year’s Eve.


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