It’s that time of year when everyone reevaluates their lifestyle and vows to correct something … or two things, or more.
“New Year’s Resolutions”. Promises of self-improvement: Lose weight, quit smoking, spend less, work less, save more, exercise more, get organized.
According to Forbes, more than 40% of us will make at least one New Year’s resolution.¹ That’s more people than the one-third of Americans that watch the Superbowl. That’s the good news. The bad news is that only 8% will achieve their resolution(s). And, those people over 50 years old tend to have more trouble.
Let’s not give up just yet. Although a daunting statistic, the very fact that you make a New Year’s resolution improves your odds of success. Now, how can we improve on the statistics?
How You Can Succeed
#1 Be Realistic
Keep It Simple
It seems like an obvious point that making large, unattainable goals is setting yourself up for failure. Be realistic. Choose your most important resolution, set a realistic goal, and make that a priority. Don’t overwhelm yourself with an abundance of promises that are impossible to keep.
Think of your resolution as a marathon, not a 100-yard dash. Make sure your resolution is one that you can sustain for at least a year. Setting the bar too high can be demoralizing and defeating.
#2 Be Specific
It’s All in the Planning
Americans most often resolve to lose weight and quit smoking. Author and Psychologist, John Norcross says, “These habits and behaviors are very difficult to change, and when you don’t have a well thought out plan on how you are going to make sustainable changes that fit into your lifestyle, it leads to failure.”
Map out your strategy on paper. You need to have a concrete plan of how you can reach your goal. If saving money is on your list, figure out exactly how much you can logistically save and where you will save it. If losing weight is your number one goal, have a realistic eating plan that works well with your lifestyle.
#3 Be-lieve in Yourself
Set Mini Goals
If you were realistic and specific, you will see your resolution is really a lot of baby steps toward success. Pat yourself on the back as you progress. Once you see that you were able to take several steps, your motivation and self-confidence increases.
WebMD writes, “When you feel discouraged, remind yourself how much you’ve accomplished. Write down 100 things you’re really proud of, right down to ‘I get out of bed when I don’t want to’. It will remind you of how much willpower you really have.”³
#4 Yep, There’s an App for That!
Seeking support from a family member, friend, or professional can be a source of strength and guidance during difficult periods. There are also vast resources online to help. The USA.gov website even has a page 13 Popular New Year’s Resolutions and links to help you achieve your goals. Visit USA.gov here: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml
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¹ Forbes, 01/01/2013, Dan Diamond, Contributor, http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/
² Statistic Brain, 12/21/2012, University of Scranton, http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/
³WebMD, Feature “10 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick”, http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/10-ways-to-make-your-new-years-resolutions-stick
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