Every year people make resolutions to do or not do something.
But so many people fail!
What is the solution?
Is there a solution?
First lets look at the facts
“Based on the study, attempting to start anew by making a new year’s weight loss resolution is ill-recommended as it is a pointless exercise which only leaves you even less inclined to actually follow through with your weight loss goals. The final results of the study showed that less than 20% of the subjects were able to follow through with their new year’s resolutions.” http://www.relationshippsychology.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-resolution-success-rate
I understand this is just one study but from experience most new years resolutions just do not last.
Although I could delve into great detail on all the reasons why they do not work instead lets focus on how they can work.
1. Make them into new years goals not resolutions.
Resolutions make it seem like you have to give something up. Instead lets turn the resolution into a goal. When it comes to goals they should be written down, challenging, rewarding, and have a plan. By writing it down the chance of success skyrockets alone.
According to Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech:
- People who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t.
- 80% of Americans say they don’t have goals.
- 16% do have goals but don’t write them down.
- Less than 4% write down their goals and fewer than 1% review them on an ongoing basis.” http://www.goalsgonesocial.com/ggs2/blogs/write_down_goals
2. Get some accountability
Lets face it when it comes to challenging goals and reaching them we all need help. Accountability makes a person more likely to succeed for several different reasons. The more accountable a person is to a group or to another person the more likely they are to succeed at a goal.
“Of course, there’s science behind this link between weight-loss success and accountability. A study in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine confirms what weight-loss experts have long suspected: Accountability works. Study participants who kept food journals were twice as successful as those who did not.” http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health/In_Weight_Loss__Accountability_Is_Essential.html
3. Have an actionable plan
So many people set new years resolutions but have no real plan. Without a plan it just will not work. Just by saying something or half heartidly trying something will not work. This is especially true when it comes to challenging goals such as starting and running a business, losing fat and keeping it off, or quitting smoking. These are just three examples but any goal should have an action plan of things that need to be reach the goal and in many cases a new goal will need to be made.
So there you have how to make your goals stick for the new year.
I want to help so comment your new years goal or goals below.