Real Talk with Tawni
Why New Year’s Resolutions Often Fail

  1. Perfectionism: People often believe only major achievements are worth celebrating, missing out on the importance of incremental progress.
  2. Cultural Success Norms: Some cultures focus heavily on significant accomplishments, undervaluing the importance of smaller, but still meaningful, steps forward.
  3. Fear of Complacency: There’s a worry that recognizing small successes might lead to a lack of motivation for bigger goals.
  4. Social Comparison: In the era of social media, it’s easy to feel that our small wins are insignificant compared to others’ achievements.
  5. Self-Underestimation: Many tend to downplay their efforts and achievements, considering them as expected duties rather than accomplishments.
  6. Self-Recognition Struggle: Struggling with self-worth can lead some to feel undeserving of celebration, regardless of the achievement’s size.
  7. High Expectations: The fast-paced, achievement-driven nature of today’s world often creates an unrealistic expectation to achieve big and quickly, overshadowing the smaller yet crucial steps towards success
  • Setting achievable, specific goals.
  • Building accountability systems.
  • Uncovering and reminding ourselves of our deeper motivations.
  • Embracing small victories along the way.
  • Understanding and working with our habit loops.
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of the all-or-nothing mentality.


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