11 January, 2018
Broke Your NY Resolution Already? This Is How You Get Back on Track
So…how are your New Year’s resolutions going? We know, when setting your New Year’s Resolutions, you always have the best of intentions. You genuinely want to reach them, but a year is a really long time!
It’s definitely possible, but without a realistic goal and clear plan, it will be trickier. You can be among the few people who really see their resolutions through with a few helpful tips. Don’t demand perfection from yourself, just give it your best!
Did you know…?
- U.S. News reported that by the second week of February, 80% of those who set New Year’s resolutions have fallen off of the bandwagon and given up. How disappointing, right? 🙁
- In 2017, the most popular New Year’s resolution was to lose weight and eat healthier. However, only 9.2% of all people who set resolutions actually reported feeling that they were successful in achieving what they set out to.
- According to the same survey mentioned above, 37.8% of people in their 20s reported achieving their resolution every year, while only 16.3% of those over 50 did!
4 Tips to be successful:
1. Just start: As soon as you think of what you want your New Year’s resolution to be, start! You don’t have to wait for a Monday or even the first of the year. Perhaps you’re reading this now and an idea sparks — go for it!
2. Don’t overcommit: You don’t have to choose an over-the-top, incredibly ambitious goal. Choose something that requires a bit more effort than you’re already putting in now so it’s actually sustainable.
3. Do periodic check-ins: You can do this on your own or with a group of friends or co-workers for accountability. Don’t wait until the end of the year to evaluate yourself. Try out a weekly personal reflection & maybe do one in a group 1-2 times per month. What’s your status? What are you doing well? Which areas can use some improvement? What will you do in the coming week/month to ensure success?
4. Adjustments are totally acceptable: Don’t just give up on your resolution to train, for example, 4 times per week. If you’re successfully doing 2-3 times per week, adjust your goal to reflect that. Everything extra is just a bonus 🙂 Achievement is motivating — set yourself up for that!
Whether you’re on the right path towards reaching your New Year’s resolution, haven’t set one yet or found yourself a bit off track — we hope this gives you a little boost to keep on going! Share your successes and struggles with us in the comments section below.