5 Common Mistakes To Avoid in Planning New Year’s Resolution

By Jinhuang Saw | Education

Dec 03

We see the same mistakes being made every year. You might be ready to go all in, thinking this could be the “Best New Years Resolutions Ever!”, but then only to fall flat and, quite literally, forget about it in the first few months (or even days) of the new year.

If you’re one of those people, we’ve got you covered. It is guaranteed that you are making at least 1 of these mistakes down below, and the best part is that knowing about it is the first step in locking your next New Year’s Resolutions, rock solid.

Tunnel Vision On The Result.

You are going to crush yourself if you look ONLY at the end-goal. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t wrong to “think big”. But enjoying the journey towards that goal and not getting discouraged when something doesn’t go your way, is the one true method to keep you on track.

Going “All-In-Or-Nothing”.

This is one of the worst way you can think of achieving your New Year’s Resolutions. Not only is this going to burn you out, but stressing yourself out is no good. Sure, it is great to have that mindset of not wanting to give up… but always think about, why you made that goal in the first place. Remember, this is a marathon, not a race.

Copy-Pasting Other’s Goal.

While finding a role model is a great way to achieve something you’ve never done before, remember that this is YOUR New Year’s Resolution. Getting distracted by other people’s goals will tend to steer you away from what you really want. Instead, dive deep into your areas of improvement, or perhaps a new skill set would love to learn about, and focus on that.


While mimicking someone else’s goal is the last thing you want to do, finding a role model can sometimes lead to interesting (and fast) results, if done right. If a particular family member, or friends, have achieved something that it’s in your New Year’s Resolution, perhaps it is the best place to start by discovering how they did it. After all, it doesn’t hurt to ask someone who had been there, done that.

Not Being Specific Enough.

Being too broad on your goals, can sometimes lead to confusion… or most common of all, procrastination. Set a goal specifically on what you want to accomplish this year. For example, something like “Learn To Play a Piano” is simply not good enough. Instead, dive into the details like…

  • How many songs do you want to play? 
  • Are you playing casually, or competitively? 
  • What level are you trying to achieve? 
  • What is your schedule and time to practice?

Being specific allows you to keep track of your progress and that will definitely help you in steering clear into the right direction towards your end-goal.

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