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:
Learn a new skill or hobby
Live life to the fullest
Save more money / spend less money
Spend more time with family and friends
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:
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
Don’t beat yourself up
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.