New Year’s Resolution Success- What are the odds?
Did you know-people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions- so write them down, share socially (or on this post), enlist the help of friends or relatives and get started! Here are some statistics on New Year’s Resolutions and tips from Dr. Paul Marciano, author of Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work on how to keep your resolutions
Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2017
1- Lose Weight
2- Getting Organized
3- Spend Less, Save More
4- Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5- Staying Fit and Healthy
6- Learn Something Exciting
7- Quit Smoking
8- Help Others in Their Dreams
9- Fall in Love
10- Spend More Time with Family
What % of people who usually make New Year’s Resolutions 45 %
% of people who are successful in achieving their resolution 8 %
Age Success Rates
people in their twenties who achieve their resolution 39 %
people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year 14 %
Length of Resolutions
Resolution maintained through first week 75 %
More than two weeks 71 %
Past one month 64 %
Over six months 46 %
7 Tips for KEEPING your resolutions from Dr. Marciano
- Make your goals specific. People proclaim, “I’m finally going to get in shape.” But what does that actually mean? Do you intend to reach a certain weight?Do you want to run three miles without rest? Maybe be able to do 10 pull-ups? Dr. Marciano says make goals specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART).
- Measure progress.“If you can measure it, you can change it” is a fundamental principal of psychology. This will be a source of motivation as you reflect on where you started and where you are.
- Be patient.Progress is seldom linear. Some people will see rapid gains only to hit resistance later in their efforts. Making lasting changes takes time.
- Share your goals with friends and family. Social support is critical. Yes, it takes some personal courage and vulnerability to share something that you might actually fail at, but to dramatically increase your odds of success you’ll want support from those around you. It’s easy to break a promise to yourself, but far harder to admit it to a friend
- Schedule it.Have you ever said you can’t “find the time” to do something. Nobody finds time, we choose time. Make your new goals a priority and actually schedule them into your calendar. Treat these New Year Resolution’s appointments just like they were scheduled doctor appointments. You rarely reschedule your doctor, you should treat this time the same way.
- Something is better than nothing.Are you guilty of “all or nothing” thinking? Do you ever think, “Well, I might as well get dessert since I already ate those French fries?” And then, “I blew my diet last night so I’ll just restart it next week.” If you don’t have a full hour to workout at the gym, just decide to make it the best 20-minutes you can. Dr. Marciano says, “Any effort towards your goal is better than no effort.”
- Get up, when you slip up.Legendary coach Vince Lombardi said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” Resiliency is paramount. Don’t turn temporary failures into total meltdowns or excuses for giving up. Instead, just acknowledge the mistake and recommit to the path towards the goal.
Share your resolutions with us here and you’re on the road to greater success in achieving them! Happy 2017.