We expect to succeed. We have no contingency plan when we fail. When we inevitably come up short -- the stats are bleak when it comes to sticking with New Year's resolutions -- we have nothing to do but revert to our old behavior.
I used to enjoy the thrill of making make New Year's resolutions. It was fun to declare all the things I wanted once the calendar changed. Sometimes, my friends and I would share them and get each other more excited. But it didn't feel good as the next year passed and life didn't change.
As the year is ending, many of us will take the time to reflect on where we have been this year and where we would like to go. But are we coming from a larger idea of who we are and what we can accomplish? Or are we thinking business as usual?