There’s science behind the reason.
First up, the main reason why we can’t keep our resolutions is because we tend to make resolutions to improve things we couldn’t improve before. Tim Pychyl is a psychologist, and he said that. He explains that we tend to focus on something that we have always had trouble doing, we keep failing at something, so we make it our goal for the new year. He says that it’s part of the “instant gratification” thing that we all do – simply thinking about our goal, whether it be get fit, lose weight, save money – whatever, makes us happy. He compared it to buying new furniture now, and not paying anything for 2 years.
In a nut shell, it really comes down to procrastination and our typical habit. It’s a really informative read. Now, I agree, some of us are able to “snap out of it” and actually start working on our goals, but for the majority, it’s really rather difficult. That’s why in January and February you always see attendance up at the gym, but after that…
Ghost town. Check out the article here.