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New Year's Resolutions: Staying Committed Year Round

Within the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne, the timeless song often sung just after the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, we raise our glasses to signify renewal with hopeful anticipation of the future. And for millions, that means setting a few New Year’s resolutions!

Keeping our resolutions, however, is a completely different story.


Resolutions aren’t new by any means. In fact, the Babylonians are credited as the first to make New Year’s pledges, along with promising loyalty to their king. What we don’t know is whether 42% of our ancestors also threw in the towel by the end of January, as we do today.

Statistics tell a tale of good intentions slipping through our fingers – just a mere 8% of resolution-makers reach their goals. The struggle is real. However, a beacon of hope emerges amid the wreckage of discarded resolutions. There is a magic elixir that transforms aspirations into achievements, and that potion is finding your "why."


There are a myriad of strategies touted for achieving resolution success – celebrations for small victories, leveraging technology, adding fun to the journey, and partnering up for accountability, just to name a few. But it is finding your "why" that reigns supreme.

This isn't just a motivational catchphrase; it's a powerful differentiator. Scientific studies underline its efficacy. The University of Chicago reveals a tenfold higher success rate for those with clearly defined goals, while Stanford University supports the stress-buffering prowess of a strong sense of purpose.

Connecting your goals to a deeper meaning propels you toward them and transforms hurdles into stepping stones. Carrying a strong sense of purpose sharpens your focus, helping you to navigate distractions and concentrate on your tasks. Finding your “why” also allows deviations to become mere blips on the radar of your aspirations instead of offering easy ways to tap out.

As you chip away at your resolutions, remember that it's not just about the "what" but the "why." Your future self will thank you for the investment in a journey imbued with purpose and driven by meaningful transformation.


As we strive to achieve our New Year's resolutions, the secret weapon isn't a complex strategy or a miraculous shortcut. It's the simple act of finding your "why." This isn't a guarantee against challenges, but rather a potent force proving the right kind of motivation, resilience, and focus required to achieve your goals.

So, as you outline your resolutions, pause and delve into their deeper purpose. Let your goals be more than items on a checklist; let them be chapters in a story of personal transformation. It's time to trade generic resolutions for a purpose-driven journey. Your future self deserves nothing less.

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