Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Today we discuss some of the biggest reasons that people drop their New Year’s resolutions.   From being overzealous and creating enormous goals that cannot be achieved easily or quickly, to setting goals that are made to please others instead of yourself, we will go over some of the ways you can dial back your New Year’s resolutions to make them more enjoyable, achievable, and realistic.

Discussion points:

  • Statistics from Norcross/Vangarelli Resolution Study– How many people keep their resolutions after the new year begins, and for how long
  • How the start of the new year is such a boon for the fitness industry
  • Key reasons for resolutions failing
  • Setting goals that are achievable and what is reasonable for your gender/body type/timeline
  • Making your goals “intrinsic” (for yourself) instead of “extrinsic” (for someone else) from Deci and Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory
  • Why fitness goals should be focused on your overall long-term health, not the latest celebrity Instagram fads
  • Why it is important to make your fitness program realistic, and something you enjoy
  • Creating accountability and asking for support from your social groups or family
  • Strength Matters has lots of free resources and ebooks available right now, and get ready to enroll in our new course, “Health Comes First” in 2022


John Norcross/D. Vangarelli Resolution Study

Richard M. Ryan and Edward L. Deci Self Determination Theory

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“One to two pounds a week is sensible, sustainable weight loss.” – Josh Kennedy


“A lot of people say, ‘I’m going to run a marathon this year!’ Well, when was the last time you walked a 5K??” – Josh Kennedy


“Your society, Instagram models (are) all pushing the ‘Six-week Ab’ bullshit, which ain’t gonna happen. Fitness is a much more complex bundle of joy than doing six-pack abs…” – James Breese


“Talk to your friends, talk to your family, talk to someone you trust, and get them to hold you accountable to that goal.  As long as it is meaningful, (has) an “intrinsic’ element to it, and is realistic.” – James Breese

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