Resolution Flops

How are you doing sticking to your New Year resolutions? If you are like most people, myself included, that 30 min daily workout you promised yourself has slipped to 20 min and every other day.

The common refrains start to utter forth from our cheatin’ lips: “I’ll start again next week”, “Just one couldn’t hurt”, “It’s too cold out today”, “I’m too tired today.” And so the rationalizations and justifications on the slippery slope heading to a resolution flop have begun.

Why do resolutions flop?

People are motivated in two directions. A. To “move away from” or B. to “move toward.” Both light the fires of determination and both have a soft underbelly that can sabotage success.

“Move Away From” motivation is typically faster, reactive and happens over a short term. Examples include anything that related to getting away from painful, uncomfortable or unhealthy experiences, people or situations.

The problem can arise because the further you get away from the pain, etc. the more your motivation fades in proportion making it harder to stay on track with discipline.

Enter the balance driver to take you over the hump to the bright shiny future.

“Move Toward” motivation is typically slower, proactive and unrolls over time. Examples include anything with a future visioning caring that something that could be yet to come.

Tap into the juice of “getting away” in the short term but be sure to also tap the dream to deliver desired results over time.

Here are 5 additional causes of resolution flops and what you can do about them. If you want the full meal deal I have an DVD resource that will take you beyond what you imagined possible. Check it out here

Resolution Flop Cause #5
Lack of Helpful Role Models in Your Circle of Influence
Anti-flop: Invite people to help form a circle of advisors and or read about inspirational people like Helen Keller.

Resolution Flop Cause #4
Unaccountable to no one for success or failure
Set Trackable Intention Today by setting a future date tioaccomplish a measurable goal. Write and date a cheque for $500 for that day for a trusted friend who promises to cash it if you do succeed.

Resolution Flop Cause #3
Lost Self Worth – Reclaim Personal Magnetism Today
“Everything you have done or not done is worthy of love”

Resolution Flop Cause #2
Luke Warm Heart of Desire – Get Passion Fire
“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Resolution Flop Cause #1
Fuzzy Vision – Get Crystal Clear Today
Be, do and have with clarity of purpose

Anti-flop antidote available here


2 Responses to Resolution Flops

  1. Malcolm says:

    One thing I’ve found is great for new daily habits is not to miss it twice in a row. That is, if I don’t do my daily workout today, I HAVE to do it tomorrow. This allows for a little flexibility but keeps you from straying too far. I think I got that from


  2. Ruby Clifton says:

    According to many people, New Year Resolutions are made to be broken. A friend of mine used to make a firm resolution on every year eve, to kick the butt. The promise used to be kept for a week or so, but the craving for the smoke was much stronger than his resolution. What he lacked was a pinch of motivation to stop smoking.


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