As the New Year arrives, about 45% of people will make New Year’s resolutions. Research has
shown that about 8% of people who set New Year’s resolutions will actually be successful. That
means, in a given year, only 3.6% of people will successfully achieve their resolutions. This is a
very small percentage of people. Keep reading and find 6 keys to beating the odds and
achieving your New Year’s Resolutions.
1. Set realistic goals
If you want to lose 100lbs in 1 month without surgical means, you are setting yourself up for
failure. Do some research. Research can help you determine goals that are realistic and
progress that can be achieved in a healthy manner.
2. Start with a Limited Number of Goals
We all have multiple areas of life that we’d like to improve in a given year. Prioritize your goals.
Then focus on your most pressing goals. As you become successful with your most important
goals, you can begin to strive toward some of the goals of lesser significance. If you try to tackle
all of your goals at once, your failure rate will be much higher. Start small and gradually
increase your number of goals.
3. Set Both Short Term and Long Term Goals
Break your goals into feasible time periods. Losing 100 pounds may be a realistic goal to achieve
over a year or two, depending on one’s weight. Breaking things down into weekly and monthly
goals will help you to determine your progress towards the overall goal. It is great to have your
major goal in mind, like the shiny apple at the end of the race. But it is also important to have
small wins along the way.
4. Identify Barriers to Your Goals
Time is almost a universal barrier to reaching one’s goals. Many people think they do not have
enough time in their day to exercise, cook healthy meals, or get enough sleep. If a plan is to
start exercising daily, identify a realistic time each day to make that goal a reality. Making a
plan, rather than letting life happen, will be more conducive to reaching your goals.
5. Find an Accountability Team
Find people you can trust to keep you accountable to your goals. Find someone who will check
in on you on a regular basis. Changing behaviors can be a tough task. Social support, however,
can be encouraging. Your accountability team may provide encouragement or suggestions to
keep you on your goal path.
If your goal is to stop drinking soda, and one day you give in and feed an old addiction, do not
give up. Do not waste the rest of the year saying, “Well, I failed again. I’ll start again next year.”
Every day is a new day. Every day is an opportunity for a healthier you. Try, try, and try again.
Michael Jordan was cut from the varsity basketball team in high school. He persevered through
his difficult times. It is difficult to imagine basketball without Michael Jordan.
6 Ways to Avoid the Pit Falls of New Year’s Resolutions
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