Fail-Proof Your New Year’s Resolution

What is missing from every New Year’s resolution that fails?

I’ll give you a hint…

It is not immersion. Many people are more than willing to immerse themselves in an endeavor and really embrace it. You have seen the person with the New year’s Resolution that starts going to the gym everyday and working out for hours on end. Immersion is important to success because where your focus goes, your energy flows.

It is not learning. Many people will go out and get every book, audio cd, and podcast they can on a subject in order to learn everything they can about their new goal. Continuing to learn is also a critical component for success in achieving any goal.

It is not a positive and supportive peer group. Finding a mastermind group, set of peers, or meetup group that will support you in the high of highs and the low of lows is important, but it is not the key for total success.

So, what is it? 

It is long term commitment! When it comes to building success, wealth, and a better life for yourself and those you love there IS NO QUICK FIX!  So many people think the road to success is paved with if I just jump out of the gate and give it all NOW, I can have it all NOW! Then, when it doesn’t happen, they get frustrated and give up!

If you ask anyone who is successful in any sport, most say that they just stayed longer on the field practicing everyday than others did, day after day after day. It was a pattern they reproduced week after week, month after month, and year after year.

The reason that most people fail in their New Year’s Resolutions is simply a lack of long term commitment.  So, what are you willing to commit to every single day in 2012?  Most people overestimate what they can do in the short term and underestimate what they can do in the long term.

Lead for the Long Term, Act for the Long Term and Stay Committed to your goal for the Long Term, and you will be in a better place by the end of 2012!

What do YOU think is the essential ingredient to achieve your New Year’s Resolution?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts!

3 replies
  1. Linda
    Linda says:

    Thanks for the great article, James! I think the missing link for me is often my “why.” If I don’t feel like I have a compelling reason/future or I don’t stay focused on it, it is easy to give up on the goal.

  2. Colleen
    Colleen says:

    Hi James,
    Good article and I appreciate your messages throughout the year.
    Staying the course, acknowledge how far I have come to recognize I am moving forward on the road to what I am wanting. Willing to start over each day, Refocus. Not thinking I know it, but how can I go deeper with what I am learning, what is the next step or level? That and more…
    Thank you.

    • James
      James says:


      Great to hear from you. That is a great question!
      Perhaps the best response since I don’t know your
      situation is to expand the statement into, “How can
      I continue to go deeper into the areas of learning and
      action that I am focused on today?” The mind is
      a beautiful muscle in that whatever questions you
      ask it over and over, it will eventually find an answer
      to! (and of course, you can always take an NLP cer-
      tification…I highly recommend it for anyone who
      wants to go deeper down the self help rabbit hole!)

      Happy New Year and Thank you for your positive
      thoughts and response. Love to hear your comments
      back! JMM

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