Why Don’t New Year’s Resolutions Work?

December 29, 2011 at 23:56 1 comment

Every year, millions of people, in an effort to create a better life for themselves, make New Year’s Resolutions. According to research by ShareSlide, 52% of people are confident of success, yet only 12% actually succeed. So why don’t resolutions work for 88% of people?

The answers are manifold. First, the etymology of ‘resolution’ is ‘to resolve’ or ‘to dissolve’. This pressuposes there is a problem to fix in the first place. As the conscious mind is a mere 5% of the entire mind at best, the subconscious and the unconscious mind work become problem-focused instead of ‘solution-based’. Thus, changing the approach from ‘resolution’ to an ‘intention’, for example, is far more powerful in attaining one’s goals.

Second, having an intention (resolution) with the intellect alone is nothing more than wishful thinking. When one aligns their intention with positive thoughts/goal, feelings, intuition, the physical body and their non-judgemental, non-critical observer, the probability of success is infinitely higher. One of the common traits of the 12% who have been successful in realising their resolutions is having a powerful, systematic goal-setting system. One such system is known as the Massive Goal Principle, which was devised by David Hyner following more than 12 year’s of research into the thinking and behaviour of top achievers.

Third, another important reason why resolutions fail is that the human mind is feeble when it comes to changing habits. Habits are stubborn routines that do not like change. Whilst changing one habit is hard enough, most people try to change several in one go. The conscious mind can only focus on a few things at a time. Dealing with everyday life stressors AND changing one’s habits is a step too far. The probability of successfully changing habits increase significantly when they are done one habit at a time over a course of a year. It is better to work for 30 days at a time on changing from an old bad habit to a new empowering one.

Fourth, the power of language cannot be underestimated when it comes to making New Year’s Resolutions. Far too many people focus on losing or quitting something and then they wonder why they fail so gloriously. NLP practitioners will be more than willing to tell you that the subconscious minds does not operate on a negative system of commands. When a person tells themselves they wish to lose weight, they may go to sleep hoping and praying they will be slimmer. However, the powerful subsconscious mind is reminded it has a lot of weight and, consequently, goes to sleep as a fat person. Changing one’s language and self-affirmations to positive, solution-orientated goals increases the likelihood of attaining the goal.

There is much more that can be said about resolutions, but I wish to finish on one note. When one operates from a place of hopes, dreams and aspirations alone, they are more likely to be gullible to the many illusions created by society. The human mind falling foul to these illusions become enslaved. When one becoming more discerning about false beliefs that they have as well as the ones propagated by society, they are less likely to have expectations. The greater the gap between one’s expectations and REALITY, the greater the disappointment. It is not about changing one’s life that matters so much. It is about transformation and making a difference. One cannot hope to transform something if they do not know what that something is. Thus, I ask readers this: Get to know YOUR SELF. Gain knowledge and understanding of who and what you really are. Take the necessary action to align the faculties of your being/mind – your thoughts, feelings, intuition, physical body and your observer self. Then, one opens themselves up to becoming a centre for receiving vision. They become what is known as a ‘true visionary’.

“Know thyself and you will know the movement of the spheres and the gods and all the universes” Socrates (469BC – 399BC)

Harun Rabbani

Author of ‘Shattering the Grandest Illusions


Copyright 2011 by Harun Rabbani. All rights reserved.


Entry filed under: Behaviour, Future of Humanity, Global Transformation, Leadership, Personal Evolvement, The Mind. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , .

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  • 1. purplesteffi  |  December 30, 2011 at 00:03

    Interesting insight into new year resolutions. As someone who usually fails this gives me a lot to think about!


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