Are You Discouraged by New Year Resolutions?

by | Dec 29, 2016 | Blog | 3 comments

Are you tired of New Year’s resolutions lists by now?

Do you truly believe flipping a calendar page will give you the determination you’ve lacked so far?


Every January, about one in three Americans resolve to improve themselves in some way. Equally important, a very small percentage of people succeed at their resolutions. But wait! With this in mind, don’t use this as something else to beat yourself up about. In fact, changing your behavior — whether it’s eating less, exercising more, or whatever else — is really, REALLY difficult.

Here are the facts: about 75% of people who make resolutions stick to them for about a week. At the same time, less than half (46% of the 75%) are still on target six months later. In addition, the percent of people over 50 who reach their goals each year is even tinier: just 14 %.

So, what is it you want to do? In general, these are the top 4 resolutions every year:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  4. Get Fit and Healthy



Lose Weight/Eat Healthier

Losing weight is perennially the top resolution for Americans. It’s important to realize that this fact suggests how difficult it is to achieve. On the positive side, you can succeed if you don’t expect overnight success. On the other hand, when you want results yesterday, desperation mode kicks in. To put it differently, plan for bumps in the road because around week four to six — people become excuse mills


Get Active/Get in Shape

More than a third of the population wants to get fit and healthy and “exercise more.” For the most part, you can start an exercise program easily enough. At the same time, the trick is finding something you enjoy. Additionally, you want something easy to stick to and give you the results you want.


The Path to Success

So, what do you to make your New Year’s resolutions into habits? Ultimately, how can they become something you do every day this year and future years? On the whole, most problems stem from lack of planning. In short, here are four steps to success:

  1. What:  Your what is whatever goal you resolve to do. First, decide what you want to do.   
  2. Why: Your “WHY” is your motive to do this. In effect, motivation is a burning desire that compels you to act. Therefore, it’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals.
  3. Plan (when, where): What are you going to do? Can you do something consistently? In other words, what tasks or activities will you do every day to accomplish your New Year’s resolution?
  4. Act: How are you going to behave to accomplish what you want? To illustrate, you may start with a great goal, a strong motive, and a good plan. The important thing to remember is, if you don’t change the way you behave, it’s all irrelevant.

This video chronicles two people are successful at achieving their resolutions. In light of that, you hear them talk about their plans, finding motivation, and how they proceed.


The Bottom Line: No Regrets

Making any change is hard, and takes work. Be that as it may, achieving any goal of living regret-free is unrealistic. Instead, go easy on yourself about mistakes and missteps you make on your path.

What I learned from hitting bumps in the road is there they are. Conversely, a little better is a little better. Above all, don’t let the fear of falling keep you from flying

In summary: Start where you are; Use what you have; Do what you can. 



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