Friday, January 13, 2012

Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

Today is Friday, January 13. As in – Friday the 13th.

Thirteen days into the new year. Did you make a resolution? Are you still on track to accomplish your goal?

Did you know that only 8% to 15% of New Year’s Resolutions are kept? Ever wonder why? Here are four reasons why most of people never achieve the resolutions they make:

1. The resolution is not written down. If you don’t write down your resolution or goal, you will never accomplish it. Once your resolution is on paper you need to read it every day.

2. The resolution is not specific. Resolutions need to be written very specifically with a definite timeline. For example:  I will lose weight. This resolution is not specific and has no date attached to it. A better way of wording the goal would be: I will lose 10 pounds by June 30, 2012.

3. The resolution is not written with positive wording. Resolutions must be written in the positive as if you have already accomplished it. Here is an example:  By June 30, 2012, I will weigh 130 pounds and feel healthy and strong.

4. The resolution is not believable. If you do not truly believe you can accomplish your resolution, then you won’t.

As part of the StarShine curriculum, we teach our students how to set specific goals for school, for their daily lives, and for the future. Each student at StarShine attends the StarShine Boot Camp for students during the first week of August when school starts and again at the beginning of the second semester. The students create vision maps, learn to establish and follow through with goals, and learn how to track their progress each week. Learning to set and achieve goals is one of the key components of the curriculum at StarShine.

So – if you are having trouble sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions ask a StarShine student. They’ll show you how it’s done.

Next week I’ll be writing more about the StarShine Boot Camp. If you would like to learn more about StarShine and its innovative curriculum go to

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