10 Reasons Common Resolutions Aren’t Kept

Every year, most of us make resolutions that we hope to keep because it will better our lives in some way. How many of you have actually kept any of the resolutions you’ve actually made?  If you’re one of the small percentage who kept your resolution past 2 or even 3 months, you might have some pointers on how we can keep ours.  How many of your past resolutions fit into these categories?


  1. Get fit: It all starts with the mass amount of food I eat on Thanksgiving. After that, I do less workout, because I know I would struggle on Christmas anyway. I want to save it all up for the New Year so that I could just let the pain of weight loss and working out hit me without feeling guilty in between.
  2. Make More Money: How that magically happens, I really don’t know. I know I never “don’t try hard” to make more money. So how I would miraculously make more in the upcoming year, I’m not really sure, but it’s at least a nice dream.
  3. Save Money: That’s as bad as #2. I do my best but I love to shop. Every time I save a little, I get this itching feeling that “it’s ok” because I saved a little. Hmmm….
  4. Learn More or Educate Myself: This is actually much more fun and probably more likely to happen, because I do it now, on a daily basis.
  5. Quit a Bad Habit: Some will attempt to quit smoking, but it can be just as difficult as saying “I will never eat shrimp again.”  It’s definitely mind over matter with this one.
  6. Eat Healthy: Eating healthy might go quite well with getting fit, because “they” say it all starts in the kitchen. Of course if you’re working hard and feeling better, eating healthy might just start to come naturally anyway. Or not!!!  I usually find myself more hungry when I work out. I can work out a couple of hours a day and then day dream about the biggest and fattiest piece of steak. This can be even more challenging when trying to get fit!
  7. Be a Nicer Person: I don’t think I’m horribly mean, but I know there are definitely certain characteristics I have that needs a little bit of improvement. I attempt this every year, but it actually is difficult to change the true person you are. You can fight to ignore certain things or even smile when you’re deeply troubled, but somehow something scratches the walls of your heart when you just know it’s not who you are.
  8. Manage Your Stress Level:  Some of you might think stress doesn’t really affect your life. Stress can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Stress might take place just from minor decisions you make to major heart-wrenching problems. Whatever the reasons are, stress can range from mild to dangerously unhealthy results. That’s why it’s important to find a balance in your life and ways to manage your stress. Yoga, deep breathing, loosening your work load, and any relaxation techniques may possibly add to your life clock. Or …
  9. Contribute to World Peace or the Good of the Environment: Whether you decide to recycle more, use eco-friendly products, donate, or whatever you feel can help our planet’s survival is all up to you. I just tell myself that if I do at least one good thing, then it’s one more good effort towards the survival of my children’s children.
  10. Be More Helpful: Being less selfish is a better way to put it, because I know I can definitely be more selfish, even with time.

So … what New Year’s Resolution do you think you’ll be making this year?

Lexie Lane

Lexie Lane is the creator of voiceBoks.com, co-owner of The Social Media Panel, LLC., and co-author of the upcoming book, The Blogger's Survival Guide Tips and Tricks for Parent Bloggers Wordsmiths and Enthusiasts.

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  1. says

    I like this post. I love resolutions – they’re optimistic. Even if we can’t do them all successfully we’re trying to improve ourselves and thats a good thing right? I think I do better when resolutions are more specific. Like instead of “eat healthier” my resolution is to cut out snacking at night in front of the TV (horribly hard for me!). Instead of “be a nicer person” my resolution is to let the little things go with my partner so we don’t squabble as much (also hard!)

  2. says

    I have done pretty good with my New Year’s resolutions, I have to get back to fitness though since I have been overeating this holiday season and haven’t been to my gym for over a month. Thanks to your post I was able to analyze myself and how I saw myself in each of the categories you mentioned, thanks for that :)

  3. kim says

    those are you every year resolutions. I’m coming up with a new one for me and I intend on sticking with it!!! Here’s to a wonderful and great 2014!!

  4. says

    I just posted about this because of an article Rachee shared on her blog. As per her suggestion, I have decided to focus on a single goal for the year and let the others grow from that. Have a theme, if you will. Throughout the year, while making choices, I can ask myself, “Does this fit with my desire for 2014?”

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