New Year New Goals

Updated: Jul 20, 2020

According to the American Medical Association, approximately 40% to 50% of Americans participated in the New Year's resolution tradition . A study found 46% of participants who made common New Year's resolutions (e.g. weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking). People make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive changes.

The Top 10 most common resolutions are:

  1. Exercise more

  2. Lose weight

  3. Get organized

  4. Learn a new skill or hobby

  5. Live life to the fullest

  6. Save more money / spend less money

  7. Quit smoking

  8. Spend more time with family and friends

  9. Travel more

  10. Read more

However, many people struggle to make good on their plans. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of people who made New Year’s resolutions were successful. That means over half of the people who set a goal for the new year will probably fail.

I put together few tips that will help you to be successful with your new year resolutions:

  • Be realistic

  • Write a plan for your resolution

  • Plan a time-frame

  • Put yourself in charge

  • Start with small steps

  • Change one behavior at a time

  • Ask for help or support

  • Track yourself

  • Don’t beat yourself up

  • Treat yourself

  • Don’t give up

During the first days of a New Year's Resolution, you will probably feel confident and highly motivated to reach your goal. Because you haven't really faced any discomfort or temptation associated with changing your behavior, making this change might seem all too easy.

After dealing with the reality, your motivation to keep your New Year's Resolution will probably start to dwindle. When you face such moments, remind yourself of exactly why you are doing this. What do you have to gain by achieving your goal? Find sources of inspiration that will keep you going when times get tough.

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