Welcome 2017 and farewell 2016!!!!
With the close of the year and beginning of a new one, brings introspection and reevaluating your life. This is the time to make New Year’s resolutions, to look at certain pieces of your life that you feel need attention, let’s say sprucing up, and try and to fix them. Where has Life’s journey brought you? Are you going down the path you want? Now the usual resolutions are to lose weight or eat healthier. These are good, but usually people fall off the band wagon within weeks of setting the goal. If so many people don’t commit to their resolutions, then why make them in the first place, right?
Surprising about 50% of the people in the US make New Year’s resolutions. Studies have shown, that the 46% of those who made common resolutions (e.g. weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking) were over ten times as likely to succeed, compared to only 4% who chose not to make resolutions. It just goes to say, that if you a concrete idea of what you want to achieve that it makes it that much more easier to achieve that goal.
The most common reason for participants failing their New Years’ Resolutions was setting unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 claimed they made too many resolutions.
A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.
So when making resolutions be specific and keep accurate accounting in order to achieve your goals. Break up your list into different sectors of your life: Health, Finance, Career, etc.
- You need to have accountability. Tell friends and loved ones of your goal(s).
- Break down your goal into bit sized pieces.
- Check your goals (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.)
- Use technology to help you in your goals.
I tend to use Google docs. I’ll put together a list of goals in a simple spreadsheet. During the course of the year, I’ll update how I’m doing on the spreadsheet. You can create reminders on your calendar as well as further checkups. Create an monthly New Year’s check-in reminder.
So, if you haven’t begun your New Year’s Resolution list do it now. And don’t be limited by the start of the year too. You can start resolutions are any moment. If you fall of the band wagon, don’t give up. Pick yourself up and go at it again.
Happy New Year Everyone!!