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Are New Year's resolutions pointless?

After you toast to a new beginning with friends and family–donning the latest 2020 glasses, of course–you decide it's time to get down to business. This year, you're going to stick to your New Year's resolution for all 12 months of 2020. For some, resolutions represent a fresh start; they are a chance to challenge yourself and improve. Others call out New Year's resolutions as half-hearted efforts based on nothing other than a new day. Are New Year's resolutions dumb?

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The new year represents change, reflection, and hope for the future. It's the perfect time to take stock of what you achieved in 2018, along with what you didn't. Using New Year's as an impetus to set goals is one of the most wonderful ways to spend the holiday. Why wouldn't you take the opportunity to better yourself when everyone is there to show support?

In 2019, the most common New Year's resolutions were eating healthier, getting more exercise/losing weight, and saving more money. No matter what you choose, resolutions can be just as bold as they can be simple. Choosing them and creating plans to follow through create excitement for a wonderful year to come. 

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According to Forbes' Dan Diamond, more than 40 percent of Americans create New Year's resolutions based on self-improvement. Diamond puts this number into perspective:

For comparison, about one-third of Americans watch the Super Bowl.

Yet, despite the best intentions to save money, eat healthily, get to the gym, or read a book every week, hardly anyone sticks to their resolutions beyond the first few weeks of the year:

But for all the good intentions, only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions; University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year's goals.

People are setting colossal, habit-altering goals for no reason other than the fact that January 1 sounds like a nice, round number to turn a new leaf. In the same way that many people decide they're finally going to "start that diet" on Monday instead of tomorrow, people favor clean slates–something about a fresh start seems to resonate. But New Year's Day is no different from any other day in the year, and without time spent planning and preparing for your huge goals, there's simply no way you'll be successful in achieving them. 

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The key to keeping your New Year's resolutions is two-fold: you must have willpower and you must have a plan. Forbes' Erik Larson recommends treating your resolutions like a business decision in order to increase your chances of accomplishing it. He points out:

It actually takes incredible willpower to stop following through on a decision once we make it.

According to Larson, using these five steps put New Year's resolutions within reach:

1. Write down the three to five biggest reasons you are likely to fail.
2. Turn them into decisions. This step is easy. Just reframe each challenge like this, 'What should we do about {challenge}?'
3. Assemble the decision team. A good decision team includes people who can help, and people who will probably get in the way.
4. Pause. Are you laughing or cringing at the idea of assembling the team? Then you are going to fail at your resolution, just like most people. So don’t set yourself up for failure. Pick a different resolution. Call it a strategic pivot.
5. Make some decisions. Good, you’re still going! You’ve gathered the team’s perspectives, you’ve made some decisions, you’ve gotten their buy in.
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The reality is that most people won't take the above steps to make their resolutions a reality. The truth about New Year's resolutions is that they amount to over-crowded gyms for three weeks in January and 11 months of disappointment with yourself.

You'd be much better off planning for and setting goals unprompted by a holiday. 

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