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Ditch New Year’s resolutions Posted on January 25, 2019 in Hot Keynote Topics

For permanent success, try New Year’s affirmations.

Every year, millions of people around the world will work toward resolutions that they hope will last the whole year. Sadly, those good habits will barely last a month.

By February, the majority of New Year’s resolutions are nothing but raw, remorseful memories. Here’s how to make positive, year-long changes with a new approach.

Why resolutions fail

Fiori Giovanni, an author, speaker and executive coach explains why she believes the failure rate is so high: “New Year’s resolutions fail for one, main reason, and that’s because people haven’t changed their mindset first. When trying to lose weight, people will change their diet, or when trying to get fit, they’ll join a gym. These are excellent and vital lifestyle changes, but the most important change must first take place in the mind. People need to reprogram their existing ways of thinking from negative to positive, because the lifestyle changes, alone, are not enough to sustain the highs and lows of the challenges ahead. For example, if a person decides their New Year’s resolution is to lose weight while simultaneously and constantly thinking it will be impossible, they’re likely to break any good habits quickly.”

What are thoughts?

Fiori believes that thoughts are far more powerful than people give them credit for: “Our thoughts direct our actions, dictate our outcomes, and define our reality. Without positive thinking as well as positive action; all goals and resolutions are much harder to achieve.”

Research has shown that the average person has around 60,000 thoughts every day, and 80 percent of those thoughts can be negative. That’s a percentage Fiori says is too high. “There is a real need in people to shift their thinking in order to live more fulfilled, exciting lives. One way to reset thinking from a negative attitude to a positive attitude is to develop the habit of saying affirmations.”

What are affirmations?

As Fiori explains, affirmations are positive declarations set in the present tense, such as, “I am fit and healthy” or “I am worthy of love”. These affirmations create profound and prolonged life changes because people are taking conscious control of their thoughts. The positive thoughts create powerful positive mental images, and these images affect the person’s actions, behaviour, decisions and feelings. Consequently, she believes that year-long affirmations are much more effective than New Year’s resolutions.

A secret weapon to reaching goals

“New Year’s Resolutions are a once-a-year pledge that come with a lot of self-pressure, as well as outside scrutiny. They also generally involve giving something up, whereas affirmations involve embracing what you have or want to have. When said and done correctly, and when paired with positive action, affirmations ensure that all goals are more likely to be achieved. So if you want to lose weight, get fit or just live life to the fullest in 2019, try New Year’s affirmations instead of resolutions. They can be your secret weapon all year round, not just on the 1st of January!”

Fiori Giovanni has seen affirmations work in her own life as well as the lives of her coaching clients.  


Fiori is an in-demand business coach who partners with high-level executives and small business owners to: develop leadership skills, build high-performance sales teams, create stability, drive profits, tackle major challenges, expand their client base, increase their confidence and so much more. Read more.

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