Are New Year’s Resolutions worth making anymore?
Perhaps not according to a 2007 University of Bristol study by psychologist, professor and author Richard Wiseman.
He found that a full 88% of the 3,000 study subjects failed to keep their resolutions. This, despite that at the beginning of the study 52% of the participants said they were confident of success.
Only about one in ten people!
It’s no wonder that some people say emphatically that making New Year’s Resolutions is a waste of time.
But don’t throw in the towel just yet. Because any time you commit to making improvements in your life, it’s a positive thing.
A much better question is…how do you improve your odds of following through on your New Year’s Resolutions?
I’ve put together 12 tactics (broken down in three categories: Strategy, Accountability and Motivation) to help make sure this is the year you achieve your New Year’s Health and Fitness Resolution: click here to read more on our blog..
- Don’t make too many resolutions. Attempt too much at once and it could overwhelm you. Make a list, prioritize it and then shoot for the top one or two.
- Be realistic – Your goals have to be achievable. Don’t be too aggressive with your goals. Shoot for goals you are confident you can achieve.
- Put a plan together – You need a plan. So spend a few minutes and document the exact steps you are going to take to achieve your resolutions. And be specific. Don’t just say “I’m going to exercise more” say “I’m going to do an hour workout four times a week and will workout on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday” etc.
- Get professional assistance – Tapping into an expert’s knowledge will give you a tried and true path to success. Plus it will make you more accountable.
- Turn it into a family affair or social activity with friends – You don’t have to go it alone. Partner up with a family member or friend who has the same goals.
- Keep a journal – Document your journey. It will make you more aware of what you should be doing and help you stay focused on your goals.
- Start a blog – Services such as blogger.com and wordpress.com offer free blogging services. Don’t worry if anyone reads it. The real reward is in the act of writing it.
- Focus on actions – The results will take care of themselves.
- Apply a sense of purpose to your goals – A sense of purpose applies a greater meaning to your resolution. For example, if your goal is to get in shape, your sense of purpose might be too live as long as you can so you’ll be able to spend the maximum amount of time with your children and grandchildren.
- Reward yourself – Once you reach certain milestones reward yourself. It could be something as simple as buying a music album you’ve always wanted or treating yourself to a meal in a nice restaurant.
- Picture yourself as the person you’d like to be – And then remind yourself that if you stick to your schedule you will become that person. Some people find it useful to post a picture of themselves at their ideal weight or hang a bathing suit, “skinny jeans” or other clothing they want to fit into to help them with that picture.
- If you take a misstep, get “back on the horse” – It’s not he end of the world. But don’t give up. Continue on with renewed vigor.
Remember, permanent change only happens if you change your behaviour.
We’ve all known someone who changed their behaviour temporality with a diet, and successfully lost weight only to gain it back when they eased back into their old bad habits.
The key is to make these lifestyle changes your new way of doing things. If you need help with a 30 HABIT makeover, join our HIT challenge. You can do it from anywhere and it’s a great way to start the year with good habits.
And aside from that, perhaps the most important tip is to be positive. Attitude is everything when it comes to everything you do in life.
Believe you will succeed and you can accomplish anything you set your mind to!