It rarely is.
One of the best ways to plan to fail isn't just to fail to plan ... You can also plan to succeed so thoroughly, so perfectly, so mind-blowingly that it is absolutely incredible ... and ... inevitably undoable.
Don’t resolve to succeed. Resolve to work at it.
Don’t resolve to know it. Resolve to think about it.
Don’t resolve to know it all. Resolve to learn more.
When you don’t meet with absolute success (and you won’t), remember that you weren’t aiming for absolute success ... You were aiming to learn more. That way, you won’t need to quit because you failed. You can just keep learning more, and that makes you ... a success.
An all-or-nothing mind-set is a fantastic way to abbreviate the whole process of setting goals and making resolutions. As soon as you see you can’t do it all, you can quit!
Instead, simply resolve to make one change and think about it, reflect on it, and go from there. You don’t have to do it all. And you don’t have to do nothing. There’s a lot of good stuff in-between.
Resolution 1 — It’s not all or nothing.
Resolution 2 — Break it down.
Resolution 3 — Take real baby steps.
Resolution 4 — Use the upward spiral.
Resolution 5 — Quit.