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How to make New Year Resolutions Work for YOU!


Well it’s getting to that time of year where we start unwinding and getting ready to enjoy first the festive season and then to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. At that point many of you will then turn your attentions, for a while, to your goals, and use then to create your New Year Resolutions.

Alas evidence shows that a majority of those New Year resolutions bite the dust before even the first month is over, and no more than 5% will be achieved throughout the year. It makes you question the value of making New Year Resolutions, but you shouldn’t. Instead you should ask, ‘why do new year resolutions generally fail?’

You will discover that in reality there’s a very simple reason. When we make these New Year Resolutions we are at a high, excited about the year ahead, and convinced we can do better than before in the year ahead. We begin with a steely determination to make this the best year yet, but then circumstances take over, we are derailed and before long give up on our attempts.

The solution to this is decide beforehand, around now, what it is you want to achieve in the next year. Once you have made the decision, it is absolutely clear what your goals are, turn them into New Year Resolutions ready to execute on the beginning of the New Year having produced a plan of how to achieve them.

Every goal needs a proper strategy and plan for it to come to life. More importantly your life needs a plan of how to achieve those important life changing goals. Setting a goal and not following through with proper planning is like getting into your car to drive to your destination without knowing how to get there. Living a life with no plan is like wasting away your best resources. It is essential you invest time in building a plan and you should do this before the clock reaches midnight on New Year’s Eve.

As our eyes are now being constantly bombarded with Christmas foods, gifts and decorations in every shop we enter you will excuse me for writing about New Year resolutions. But just like the shops who are ensuring you are ready in time for your Christmas festivities, I want to make sure this next year you are prepared in advance to achieve your new year resolutions and that not only will you be quick out the blocks but this time you’ll actually succeed with achieving them.

This year is speeding by and 2017 is just around the corner. While many people wait until New Year’s to get their personal and professional lives in order and create the change that they know are long overdue, you shouldn’t, starting now will make sure you are one of the few who will succeed with their resolutions in 2017.

It seems every January, as the clock strikes midnight, millions of people across the world promise themselves to bring about improvements, achieve big goals and transform their lives through setting for themselves New Year Resolutions. Traditionally, New Year’s Day is styled as the ideal time to kick start a new phase in your life and the time when you must make your all important New Year’s resolution. Unfortunately most New Year Resolutions fail miserably.

New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. Sarah Ban Breathnach

Let me confirm why you need to start earlier with thinking about your New Year Resolutions. Research shows that about 80 percent of people who make resolutions on Jan. 1 fall off the wagon by Valentine’s Day, according to Marti Hope Gonzales, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Worst still, researcher Richard Wiseman, shows that there were 156 million failed resolutions last year. Research by the University of Scranton suggests only 8% of people achieve their New Year goals. See the article at Forbes Magazine.

I’m sure you at some time have set at least one of these goals from the following list as one of your new year Resolutions:

Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family

Being honest with yourself, how successful have you been?

You see the problem is your resolution gets made on that second where one year passes away and another begins. At this moment the New Year is seen as an opportunity to make changes and move your life forward. You vow to make a fresh start beginning on this symbolic date. Yet the problem is you also start with a blank plan. You now know your goals, in the form of a resolution, but that’s all you do know.

While January 1 is a great start date to begin working on your goals, you needed to have put together a concise plan of action, planning ahead as forward planning is essential and will make the difference between your success and failure. .

The benefits of starting early is it will give you the opportunity to look ahead and finish your planning before 2017 actually begins. If you don’t have an action plan it may be doomed before it ever gets started. As you have already found out before.

But it does not have to be this way. Simply put, if you want to succeed with your New Year’s Resolutions, you have to start way before New Year’s Eve to get ready giving yourself some preparation time.

So if you are going to get the most out if 2017 at long last achieving your goals then I have a great way for you to do this, and it’s going to cost you nothing. Sign up for my FREE training program and not only learn how to create your single page plan for life but actually do it, and do it now before 2017 begins. All you have to do once signed up is watch a series of videos and follow the instructions to create your plan. You will finish by having your blueprint to make next year simply awesome.

By creating your Single Page Plan, before the New Year you are giving yourself the best opportunity to achieve all your goals in the year coming. You’ll have set your goals and have a plan of how to achieve it. You’ll be ready to explode out the blocks at the very beginning of 2017 totally focused on what you need to do over the 365 days of the year to achieve your goals.

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you. Les Brown

I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you have any further thoughts, ideas, reflections or suggestions about this topic, than please feel free to comment below.

To support those who are unable to get their plan completed in time or for those unsure about what they’ve done on Monday the 9th of January I will be holding a FREE training camp for those who want to make the best of 2017. It is not the automated training but live and personal with me. Let me teach you the Single Page Plan and provide you all the tools you’re going to need to make it a fantastic year. You’ll have me holding your hand providing Coaching through Webinars, email support and a Facebook group and use of the Single Page Plan to ensure your success. Places are going to be limited and we soon will be promoting it, but if you want a place on this FREE course email me at and I’ll get your name down.

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This is Larry Lewis



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About the author: Larry Lewis
I am a life coach, blogger, speaker and author who loves helping others discover the unlimited possibilities and opportunities awaiting them, enabling them to overcome their difficulties and get their life back on track.

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