Most New Year's resolutions fail within weeks. Here's why and how you can change this for yourself.

Updated: Sep 1


So. We’re almost 2 weeks in. How are those resolutions going?


Great so far? Yay!


Not so great once the world realized that the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2021 didn’t eradicate COVID? We were all hoping.


Thinking this entire topic is irrelevant to you because you’re not a fan of resolutions? I hear you. I used to feel the same way because I had seen so many valuable intentions fail. People wanting to get healthier, to get their finances in order, to read more and watch television less. The start date would be set and the person would be energized, ready to create change. Soon after, oftentimes within days, that same person would miss the mark and feel like the whole effort had been botched and was unrecoverable. Equally as many times, the person would not try again until the following New Year’s.


I saw the discouragement this caused in people. The feelings of failure, inadequacy, embarrassment, and weakness. The hopelessness when it became apparent that these worthwhile goals would never be achieved and that life would, unfortunately, always be the same.


Not a super appealing practice.


Then, I personally had a significant period of time in my mid-20’s when I could not look past the current day I was living. If I did, I didn’t feel I could make it through. That set me up to really understand the “one day at a time” saying, or “Give us this day our daily bread,” from the Lord’s Prayer. I was setting daily goals for functioning and productivity, and that felt more manageable. I also saw greater success.


During this time, it really sunk in for me that every single day, we are given the opportunity to start over. We get a fresh beginning. We were designed to rely on God daily for our needs of that day. Think of the manna that rained down from heaven in Exodus 16. The Israelites were instructed to gather enough for the day. If they collected more, the next morning it was full of maggots. They needed to relax and trust God for his provision, again and again, rather than taking control themselves and squirreling their resources away.


When we approach 365 days at once, as a full package that we throw away if we have a bad evening, we are working against how we operate as humans. We are forfeiting the measures offere