5 Crucial Reasons Your New Year Resolution Has Always Failed

5 crucial reasons you new year resolution never worked

5 crucial reasons you new year resolution never worked

You’ve made New Year resolutions so many times before, that you’ve decided to stop because you know that they don’t work.

Some people like to say that you shouldn’t even bother with New Year Resolutions because you can make them any time of the year.

And while this is true, there is nothing wrong with New Year resolutions at all, because January 1st is a beginning and people like to make changes at the beginning of things. The beginning of the year is a good place to start.

In any case, the problem was never the when, but the how.

Whether you make a serious life resolution on January 1st or July 14 the reason or reasons your resolution has failed is because that in order to keep a resolution you need to make the mental and sub-mental decision head first.

The problem is that most people don’t know how to make the switch at that level, so they resolution attempts fail almost every time.

There are 5 crucial reasons you New Year resolution has always failed that you need to grasp if you want your resolutions to work, no matter at what time of the year you’re making them.


Reason #1 – You are Using your Weak Willpower

Willpower is a weak tool, to say the least.

If you haven’t read my article titled, why does imagination beat logic, I encourage you to give it a read right after you’ve read this one.

You see, when you make a New Year resolution, you’re making it based on logic and you plan on accomplishing it using your willpower.

The problem with that is that the vehicle behind your willpower is your conscious mind, and your conscious mind can only act upon the most powerful part of your mind which is your subconscious mind, also called the unconscious mind.

If you are subconsciously programmed to smoke, for example, no conscious willpower alone will hold long enough to make sure that you do stop smoking for good.

If you are subconsciously programmed to see yourself fat, no conscious willpower alone will hold long enough to make sure you keep your diet until you’re thin.

Trusting your willpower as opposed to trusting your subconscious programming could be compared to trusting your legs versus trusting an engine to go up a hill.

Is it easier to go up a hill on a bicycle or on a motorcycle?

You can go up a hill on a bicycle, but you better be in good shape and well trained.

You may make it using your willpower, but for the most part, it’s going to be tough to keep it going. That’s why willpower has a tremendous failing rate.

Remember that your willpower is only as strong as your subconscious programming. If the programming is flawed, so will be your willpower.


Reason #2 – You are Not Using the Power of Imagination

If you are not using the amazing power of imagination, you are cutting yourself short.

This tool called imagination is where everything lies, good stuff as well as bad stuff.

A huge reason why most people can’t keep a New Year resolution more than a week or two is because while they are using their weak willpower in the foreground, they are letting their negative imagination run in the background.

If you’re making the resolution of losing weight while unconsciously seeing yourself as you are now, you won’t keep your diet resolution past the month of January.

This is because you are using your imagination the wrong way.

The crucial key to keeping your weight loss going the whole year and beyond is to imagine, to see yourself, as you want to be, not as you are now.

  • As long as you subconsciously think of yourself to be a certain weight, your subconscious programming will keep you there.
  • As long as you see yourself getting a certain amount of income, your subconscious programming will keep you there.
  • As long as you see yourself with a certain type partner, your subconscious programming will keep on bringing that kind of people to you as well.

So, you must begin to understand what imagination is all about, what it does, and how to use it to your advantage if you want to be able to keep serious resolutions in life.

If you don’t know how to stir your imagination tool where you want to go, most likely it will keep you where you are or even drive you where you do not want to go.

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Reason #3 You Are Not Aware Of Your Self-Image

As long as you do not alter your self-image, this image that you have of yourself will determine your present and future, based on your past when your self-image was created.

A key to success is to; a) determine what image you truly have of yourself, and b) transform that image of yours if it’s not to the standards that you need in order to create what you want in your present and future.

The self-image is formed early one in life. For the most part, that image is deep into your subconscious programming, and that’s at the subconscious level that it needs to change if your want your results to change.

You need to keep in mind that your life is a reflexion of your self-image.


Reason #4 You Feel Like a Victim

This is, unfortunately, something that is fed to us on a daily basis by society, our family, and friends and even the media. It is a worldwide brainwashing as it were that what happens to us is outside of us and that we have no control over it what so ever.

The problem with this is that it couldn’t be further from the truth and it handicaps us, prevent us to even try.

According to the very powerful universal law called the law of attraction, the more you believe to be a victim, the more negative life results you’ll get to feed your belief.

You must get out of the victim mentality if you want your life to turn around. If you are making positive goals with a negative mindset you are going to kill those goals before you start.


Reason #5 You do Not Understand that you are a Creator

You are the creator of your past, present and future. In essence, you are the creator of your life.

I know how easy it is to blame things on the outside of us, such as governments, circumstances and what we like to call luck.

We do this because we can’t even entertain the fact that we are remotely responsible for our life, for our income, for our relationships, for the type of job we have, and for all types of circumstances in our life.

But the truth of the matter is that we are to a great extent.

The truth of the matter is that YOU are responsible for all of that and beyond because you are the creator of your own life. You are the creator of your own destiny.

The life that you are living right now. How much money you’re making, what job you have, how your business is flourishing as well as what type of people you’re attracting in your life is based on what you have created based on both what you’ve consciously and subconsciously (unconsciously) created based on your own specific point of attraction.

What you believe + what you feel = what you get.

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21 thoughts on “5 Crucial Reasons Your New Year Resolution Has Always Failed”

  1. Hey Sylviane,

    Imagination is an integral part of the human mind that covers both the creative and learning spheres. Increasing one’s imagination creates possibilities.Wishful thinking is random mental pictures of things which we desire.

    Imagination requires constant and repeated focus on the same mental image. Everything that exists today is the result of an idea in someone’s mind who pictured it then pursued it.

    If you can keep the same mental image of success before you and never let up, you will accelerate the imagination process. Eventually, thanks for sharing your best experience with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  2. Hi Sylviane,

    I completely agree with you that our Self-Image is very important and indeed I believe we should imagine ourselves at our peak and then work on subconscious level to achieve it. We believe we are working hard to change ourselves when the change we need to achieve is not from the outside but from the inside and I believe it can drastically change our lives.


    1. Hi Pratik,

      You got it. Nothing will ever really work on the outside if it’s crooked in the inside. Good point.

      Thank you for coming and hope to see you back.

      Happy New Year!

  3. Sylviane,

    I wanted to comment and say what a wonderful article this is. When I started trying to lose weight I lacked the willpower to put down the food and put my nose to the grinder. It took a lot of trying (and failing) but for those out there that suffer from weak will power; just believe in yourself and you can do anything!
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    1. Hi Kate,

      Yes, things like losing weight never work on willpower alone, we need to start from the mind, even the subconscious mind.

      I’m glad you liked the article. Thanks for coming to my blog.


  4. Hey Sylviane,

    Long time no see. Happy New Year!

    I like what you said about imagination. I can tell you from my own experience that a strong imagination can carry over into your dreams and eventually manifest itself.

    As you may already know, I’ve been playing piano for 10 years now. I’ve always wanted to improvise on piano, and I would imagine me improvising despite the fact I didn’t know what I was doing. This actually carried over into my dreams.

    Well last year it all came together! With the combination with what I already knew, I started out of no where improving over piano. It took me a long time, but it shows the power of what you can do.

    Great post Sylviane! Have a great week!
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    1. Hi Sherman,

      Indeed, long time no see. I do not browse and read blogs much at all anymore because of lack of time. I hope that your new year started well and I wish you a very happy new year!

      Yes, your experience shows exactly how it works. We create our own story with our thoughts, imagination and feelings. It basically all comes down to that. The only problem is that so, so few people know that still. And those who do, give up to easily. That’s why life coaching is becoming so huge.

      Thank you for coming by. Really appreciated.


    1. Hi Hemant,

      Well, since my articles are usually around 1200 words I’m glad you call it short, because for those who don’t like to read they are long 🙂 This said, yes, a short article can say more than a long redundant one. Glad you appreciate this information.

      Have a great day!


    1. Hi Rajpal,

      Sylviance? Cute, but my name is Sylviane funny how the C makes such a difference.

      Anyways, you are right, resolutions should be made if and when you feel like it, otherwise it wouldn’t work anyway.

      Thanks for coming.

  5. In every new year, I had taken many resolutions to omit my bad habits as angry, smoking but I can’t maintain my resolution. It works only for 10 to 15 days.After that everything become as previous. But your article gives me a nice idea and I will try my level best to follow what you have shared. Thanks a lot, mam.

  6. My new years resolution is to start working on my last years resolutions. lol

    Kidding aside, another reason is diligence. Being diligent in following whatever resolutions you’ve made, most would follow their resolutions only up to a few months (or even jsut a few days/weeks) and then go back to where they started.

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