The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.
It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet,
a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular
man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions.
Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly
do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange
assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain
that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born
again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
~ G.K. Chesterton
New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday. ~Charles Lamb
The New Year’s resolution—it’s an annual ritual for tens of millions of
Americans and hundreds of millions more people around the world.
And for good reason. It’s a perfect time to honestly reevaluate the last 12
months—right along with hundreds of thousands of people around you.
It’s a good time to set or adjust goals and priorities.
Every year’s end, people all over the planet give themselves very firm intentions
that beginning on the first day of the next year they’re going to
quit smoking, learn to play guitar, lose weight, eat healthier, start exercising,
manage their time better, learn a foreign language, begin a new hobby,
begin writing that novel they’ve been talking about, be a better parent,
friend, or spouse, etc.
It’s a perfect time for people to make decisions about how they want to
change their lives—a year has passed, and it’s natural to think back on
how this year could have been different, and envision a different life taking
shape next year. And almost every one of these hundreds of millions of
people making these New Year’s resolutions really, sincerely means it.
And yet, if we are to believe experts who study and run the numbers on
these things, by the end of January only about 10% of people are succeeding
at keeping their resolutions. That means 90% of the people who made
resolutions have already failed at them by the end of 30 days. That leaves 11
long months until we start again with one less year in our lives.
This is a real tragedy, an unimaginable waste of your potential. What makes
it even worse is that it’s so unnecessary. With very few exceptions, there’s
no reason the other 90% of people should fail at their New Year’s resolutions.
Why do they?