An astounding 88% of New Years resolutions fail. (See last year’s resolution to quit eating like a frat boy)
Jan 16th could be called “National New Years Resolve Failure day” as the average resolution barely lasts 2.5 weeks. So, why even bother making them in the first place?
Think of January 1st as a chance to adopt a healthier lifestyle rather than the beginning of a period of denial. Gone are the days of promises to the gym and your body, I leave you with tips on how to make New Years resolutions that stick!
1. Unrealistic expectations:
Do your research. If you’re trying to lose weight, think about exercise and diet. Don’t go to extremes by eating lettuce and running 20 miles a week. Set a plan that fits in with your schedule and goals that is realistic and achievable, such as going for a walk three times a week.
6. Vague goals: The real danger in these types of promises is that the person making them can wind up thinking they’ve actually accomplished what they’ve set out to do, regardless of what changes they made or didn’t make. That’s secretly the reason your brain made you keep the goal vague, because subconsciously it knew to leave some wiggle room. You need a concrete plan with small milestones to let yourself know you’re on the path to achieving your end goal.
7. “This will be my year!” Expecting a different result without dramatically changing your approach is a great way to ensure failure, just like last year.
Allowing wiggle room: “Letting it slide this time” is a very slippery slope, as I’m sure you experienced last year. Change is easier when it is all or nothing, leaving no room for fudging. Plan ahead for the weakest moments and tie yourself to the mast before temptation arrives, even if you are sure you are strong enough not to.
9. Think of resolutions as opportunities to try new things rather than obligations to change. When you shed these goals in a positive light, your morale is more likely to remain high to give you the energy and motivation to propel yourself one step closer.
10. Forgive yourself. Beating yourself up over failure will get you no where. Realize each day the sun rises is a new day to start fresh and get back on track.
I know you’re getting sick of lists by now, but I’ll leave you with some quirky gems from around the interwebs, good for a laugh:
1. Lacking inspiration? Resolutions every 20-something should make. Let’s nix those mass snapchats and turn off the smart phones at the dinner table! See also: this, this, and this.
2. More realistic resolutions. The one below is pure gold.
3. The reality of failed resolutions. Sound familiar?
4. Ditching the traditional for New Years “intentions“
5. The science behind failed resolutions. Hint: Willpower.
6. 24 Rules for being a human in 2014. Or a lady, or a gentleman.
Now, go celebrate! (Not too hard, you’ve got work to do!)