The reason New Year’s resolutions fail and how you can beat it


2017 is four days away and many sportscasters are setting New Year’s resolutions. While I am a huge believer in resolutions, I’m not at all an advocate of New Year’s resolutions.

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If change is worth making, it’s worth making now.

Regardless of when you make them, most resolutions fail for one reason…

Fear of failure.

In 1995, when I was a weekend and fill-in host at the old XTRA Sports 690 in San Diego, I made a resolution to get a full-time sports talk gig within the nine months.

Nine months passed and I was still a weekend and fill-in host in San Diego. (If a resolution fails, there is solace in having it fail in paradise).

It was only through the wisdom of aging that I realized years later why my resolution didn’t come to fruition. I gave maybe only 40% effort to make it become reality. I didn’t go all-in because if I did and came up short, I would have felt like I failed; Like I wasn’t good enough to achieve my dream of being a full-time host.

What the 28 year old me didn’t understand but that I know now is that putting 100% effort towards my resolution would have left me much better off than I had been before.

I still would have won.

Regardless of when you make a resolution, don’t let fear of failure stop you from going all-out in pursuit of it. It is the pursuit that guarantees growth.