New Year’s Resolutions, and Why They Fail

By Jeet Parikh


2021 was going to be a phenomenal year. I planned to improve my diet, start meditating, and go running more often. However, at the time I am writing this (the end of February), all of those aspirations have fizzled out… why? What is it about New Year’s Resolutions that makes them so prone to failure, and what can be done to improve them?



First, let’s discuss why New Year’s Resolutions exist in the first place. New Year’s Day is a reset -- a fresh 365 days to improve yourself. It’s a day to let go of the past and set goals for the future. This tradition is ancient, originating around 4000 years ago in Babylon.


However, what makes nearly 90% of all aspirants fail their resolutions? There are a few major problems in the goal-setting mindset of people on New Year’s.


First, most want their (often-lofty) goals to be realized immediately. Unfortunately, you’re simply not going to lose ten pound