2014 is coming to a close and I remember as we were getting ready to usher in this year, I set some resolutions that were to guide me in the year that had the summer Olympics and World cup (See I’m a sports fanatic).

Some of my resolutions I made were:

  • Drink more water.
  • Exercise more.
  • Read more and watch less TV.
  • Have a child (maybe name her Olympia)
  • Reconnect with people I’ve lost touch with.
  • Learn how to drive

How many of your resolutions can you check off your list?

Out of the ten resolutions I set for myself, I can only check two.
Wait only two? Francesca you need to get serious.

It’s been about twelve months since we all made promises to ourselves on New Year’s Eve to improve our lives and be happier people. Have we done this?

To some, the “new beginnings and fresh starts” notion makes us feel more capable than we actually are. As we wind up this year, my question to all who set resolutions is have you achieved some or nothing has changed in your life?

Will you set the same resolutions for 2015? If so can we set those that are realistic like reunite with an old flame, a friend from high school whom you’ve lost touch with? or someone from your past that you owe an apology.

Remember not to repeat these mistakes while setting 2015’s resolutions as researched by Aviv Shahar. Here are some of the reasons why 83% of all New Year’s resolutions fail:

  1. Habits are stronger than intentions.
  2. The resolution was not made with a truly committed action plan.
  3. You did not develop a support system to help carry on the resolution through the ebbs and flows of life.
  4. The resolution was a reaction to something outside yourself and was not based in new self-insight and knowledge and therefore lacks enduring power.
  5. Accountability check marks were not built into the resolution.
  6. You never believed in yourself and your intention in the first place.
  7. You have a track record of unfulfilled promises with yourself.
  8. The resolution is focusing on an area of weakness instead of building on strengths.
  9. You are trying to fill an absence rather than build a presence of something in your life. There is a difference.
  10. You have not created a ‘point of no return’ strategy.

So as you set next year’s resolutions,make sure you can achieve them.

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