As the new year dawns upon us, many individuals find themselves reflecting on their goals and aspirations. However, if you have decided to break free from the tradition of making New Year's resolutions, it's important to understand that you are not alone. In fact, abandoning resolutions can be a conscious choice that allows you to prioritize your personal well-being and happiness. Unfortunately, most people fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. It’s long been reported that a whopping 80% of resolutions are unsuccessful by mid-February. According to a study by researchers at Scranton University, only 19 percent of people keep their resolutions. And, most people abandon them by mid-January. In this blog post, we explore the idea of setting attainable goals throughout the year, helping you stay focused, motivated, and ultimately achieve personal growth.

The Downside of New Year Resolutions:

  • Inflexibility and long-term commitment
  • Unrealistic expectations and self-imposed pressure
  • High likelihood of abandonment or disappointment

Embracing a Resolution-Free Year:

  • Respecting your personal journey and preferences
  • Acknowledging that resolutions do not define your success or happiness
  • Creating space for self-reflection and reevaluation

Setting Smaller, Attainable Goals:

  • The power of incremental progress
  • Identifying short-term goals that align with your long-term vision
  • Breaking goals down into smaller tasks for better manageability

Benefits of Goal-Setting:

  • Increased motivation and focus
  • Measurable progress and a sense of achievement
  • Adaptability and flexibility in adjusting goals as needed

Strategies for Successful Goal-Setting:

  • SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-based
  • Tracking progress and celebrating milestones
  • Surrounding yourself with supportive individuals or communities

Achievable Alternatives to New Year's Resolutions:

  • Trade resolutions for reflections.
  • Build a habit. Be Consistent.
  • Create a bucket list.
  • Follow monthly challenges.
  • Decide what you want to track or measure.
  • Develop a mantra; example: “Ask, and you shall receive!”
  • Write a personal mission statement. Businesses do this, why not YOU!
  • Set personal boundaries.
  • Journal - Add a gratitude exercise to your daily routine.

In summary, if you have decided to stop making New Year's resolutions, it's essential to understand that it is a valid choice. It's important to prioritize your personal well-being and happiness above all. Setting smaller, attainable goals throughout the year can provide a more flexible and manageable approach to personal growth. Remember, it's your journey, and achieving personal growth is about progress, not perfection. Embrace the freedom of a resolution-free year, and focus on creating a fulfilling and meaningful life on your own terms.


Melanie Dockter DC, CACCP

Melanie Dockter DC, CACCP

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