Why New Year’s Resolutions are a Waste of Time

And why 95% of people don’t stick to them.

So it’s that time of year again when you sit down and analyse what you did last year, what went right, what went wrong, what you want to work on this year…

If you’re organised, you might have done this at the end of last year; if you’re like the rest of us, you’ve been waiting for the sugar and booze binge to end so that you can get your head back in the game and make some REAL plans. 

This is your year that you’re going to really achieve. You know it. 

You probably have a lovely new diary and journal and promise yourself that you’re going to use is every day.

You have lots of goals that you want to achieve in the different areas of your life: 

health goals

wealth goals

relationship goals

career goals

to name just a few. 

And you start writing these goals and you feel pumped for the year ahead. 

But isn’t that what you did last year as well? Can you still remember the goals that you set out for yourself back then? 

I bet most can’t. 

And 95% of the population also can’t. 

OK so I just made that percentage up (I mean who has the statistics for that kind of thing??) BUT I reckon it’s at least that amount – I’d wager it’s even more. 

That’s because when we sit down to really look at what’s possible for us, we overexaggerate what we can achieve in a year but underexaggerate what we can achieve in ten – I didn’t make that up, someone famous said it some time. 

So we write a load of goals and then we get overwhelmed at the sheer number of them. What’s it going to take to achieve them? How much effort, grit and determination is required to stick to them and … you’ve already switched off. 

It’s like this time of year suddenly signifies that we’re able to think clearly about all areas of our lives like a highly-focused, purpose-driven, goal-setting super heroes in spangly capes.

I mean REALLY? What the actual…

How can you solidly create a plan for a whole year all in one sitting without freaking out? I’m freaking out just thinking of all the things I want to achieve this year and I’ve NO idea where I’m going to start with some of them.  

Goals are important.

I get it. I’m a coach – I’m driven by them. But just because the year starts over doesn’t mean that you have to have your whole following year planned out. It just doesn’t work like that. 

Goals need to be SMART. They need to be realistic. They need to be planned out and worked on and modified THROUGHOUT the year. You don’t need to make a massive list just because it’s the thing to do at this time of year! 

You can make a smaller, focused list at any time you like. One that feels like it’s possible. One that excites you enough that you’re scared a little by it but you imagine how fab life would be when you achieve it. 

And here’s where I come in. 

I’m a personal and executive high performance coach

 (woah that’s a mouthful) but it means that I help people like you not only strive for your goals and your plans but I help you look at the mindset behind your life. 

I have developed a four-step plan based on your personal core values to help you really and, more importantly, realistically achieve this year.

It’s a six-month plan of working privately with me one-on-one.

It will get you out of your comfort zone and into that place of unknown excitement with someone on your team making sure that you’re staying on track and getting sh*t done!

You can check out the work with me section of my websiteemail me ali@alipoulton.com or call me directly on 07796125700 to find out how you can work with me. 

Let’s make your 2019 your best year yet!!

Oh and happy new year!


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