It’s New Year’s Eve. With that, approximately 40% of people will be making a New Year’s resolutions. But only 1 in 10 will keep their resolution.
The New Year is a new start for many folks. Psychologically, this can feel like a fresh start or a new opportunity to take on a new challenge. Peer pressure can also help you both make a new year’s resolution, and even potentially stick with it. Finally, the holidays can be a tough time with overindulging, both with food and drinks, so this can be a good time to take charge of your health and your weight.
Health is the #1 area for resolutions. Most commonly, people want to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, stop smoking and get healthier. Another big area is finances. People may want to pay down debt, be more financially responsible or save more money. Some people may also want to go back to school, learn a new skill, or take up a new hobby.
Tips to help you keep your new year’s resolution:
Be specific with your goals.
Avoid broad, vague goals like “I will save more money” or “I want to be healthier.” Instead opt for a more specific goal like lose 10 pounds by March or save an extra $100 per month.
Set realistic, achievable goals.
Setting a goal which is completely unrealistic can make you feel like it is both impossible and unobtainable. Be a realist. Can you really lose 30 pounds in a month? Probably not. Avoid setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. Set the goal for 2 pounds per week. And celebrate the successes!
Focus on 1-2 smaller goals.
Taking on too much can be challenging and overwhelming. Prioritize and focus on what’s most important to you. Come up with an action plan. Lose those 2 pounds per week by committing to cut 500 calories per day and cutting out your empty calories (like dessert or alcohol).
Don’t let perfection be the enemy of good.
I like to think of each day as a reset. Let’s say you go out to eat and don’t stick to your diet. Does this mean you have failed at your resolution to be healthy? No. It is important to get out of the all or nothing mindset. Life happens. But can you choose your next meal to be better and skip the glass of wine with the empty calories? Yes. Reset. Restart. And give yourself a break.
Share your goals with a friend or group.
Research shows sharing your goals with others will help keep you accountable, provide a support system when the going gets tough, and help you stay more committed to achieving your goal. The specifics on the type of person or number of people don’t matter, just give each other permission to hold each other accountable.