Keeping Up With Your New Year's Resolutions

December 7, 2016

With the holidays approaching, many people are starting to find themselves thinking of their New Year's Resolutions. Research performed by the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology named the top New Year's Resolutions made in 2015:

  1. Lose Weight

  2. Getting Organized

  3. Spend Less, Save More

  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest

  5. Staying Fit and Healthy

 

Do any of these sound familiar to you? 

 

They also gathered some interesting statistics: while nearly 45% of Americans usually make New Year's Resolutions, only 8% are successful in achieving their resolutions, 49% have infrequent success, and 24% never succeed and fail on their resolution. 

 

So what are some ways that YOU can reach make your resolutions and stick to them? 

 

  1. Make your goals realistic. 

    Design your resolutions to make them a bit challenging for you. Not too difficult that they discourage and not too easy that you achieve them too quickly. This allows you to become more organized in creating them and following through with them, all the while allowing you to grow and learn new things in the process.
     

  2. Define your resolutions.

    Sometimes resolutions are made that are too broad or open-ended. Instead of "I will lose weight", how about "I will lose 10 pounds"? Maybe instead of "Travel more", say "I will go to Hawaii this year!" (who wouldn't??). One common method to aid you in creating more defined resolutions is following the acronym "S.M.A.R.T." goals. Goals following this method are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. As with the first step mentioned above, by defining your goals, you end up creating goals that will inspire to be more organized, create a plan, and achieve them.
     

  3. Become emotionally involved in your resolution. 

    When you are emotionally invested in your resolution, you are more willing to do anything to achieve it. When you make a goal, but are not as excited about it, you end up setting yourself for failure. 

  4. Make a plan.

    Mentioned in the previous points, making a plan to achieve your resolutions will make you be more organized and focus on your priorities. This will also help you work on your time management skills as you plan ways to achieve your resolutions.
     

  5. Believe in yourself. 

     

     

    This is all about mindset. Re-frame your thinking towards the positive. Do not forget to congratulate yourself on your progress. Even though you might not have achieved your goal in its entirety, look at what you HAVE achieved and then focus on completing the task.

 

When the new year rolls around, remember to keep these tips in mind to achieve your goals!

 

References: 

1. http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/understand-other-people/201512/5-reasons-why-new-year-s-resolutions-fail

3. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/5-reasons-your-new-years-resolution-is-made-to-fail.html

4. http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/top-10-reasons-you-dont-stick-your-resolutions

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