New Year’s Eve is only a few sleeps away and some of us may be planning to carry out yet another New Year’s Resolution. As we are still in the Festive Season filled with lots of temptations at parties and holidays, it’s doubly hard to kick start a new phase of life.
But don’t feel disheartended because there is a way to get through the New Year and achieve your Resolutions.
I’ve answered the most common questions on New Year Resolutions and provided a Step by Step Guide on how to keep them!
Why do people make resolutions for the new year?
A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition whereby a person makes a pledge to change a behaviour they don’t desire in order to improve their quality of life or achieve a goal. The practice started in Ancient times when Babylonians and Romans made promises to their gods at the beginning of each year.
What is the most popular New Year’s resolutions?
According to Nielsen, the most popular New Year’s resolutions are:
Stay fit and healthy 37%
Lose weight 32%
Enjoy life to the fullest 28%
Spend less, save more 25%
Spend more time with family and friends 19%
Get Organised 18%
Will not make any resolutions 16%
Learn something new/new hobby 14%
Travel more 14%
How long does the average person keep their New Year’s resolution?
According to research, over 60% of people keep their New Year’s resolution for the first month. The most common reason for participants failing their New Years’ Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 people claimed they made
too many resolutions. In general, 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail even though 52% are confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting while women succeeded 10%.
How do I keep my New Year’s resolutions?
Follow this step by step guide and you will find ways to keep the motivation and persistence needed to reinvigorate yourself.
1. 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? Or
body-fat percentage? Do you want to run three miles without rest? Maybe be able to do 10 pull-ups? Use the classic goal system that makes goals
specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART).
2. Measure progress.
“If you can measure it, you can change it” is a fundamental principal of psychology. These feedback loops will be a source of motivation as you reflect on where you started and where you are. They will also help you to know
when you are hitting a plateau or slipping backward, so you can adjust your efforts.
3. Be patient.
Progress is seldom linear. Some people will see rapid gains only to hit resistance later in their efforts. For others, initial progress may be painfully slow but then they suddenly achieve rapid breakthroughs. Making lasting changes takes time.
4. 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. One of the most effective things you can do is to get an “accountability partner”, someone who checks in with you daily or weekly. It’s easy to break a promise to yourself, but far harder to admit it to a friend.
5. Schedule it.
Have you ever said you can’t “find the time” to do something. Nobody finds time, we choose time. We all choose to spend our time the way we do—whether that’s eating junk food or going to a spin class. Make your new goals a priority and actually schedule them into your calendar. If you have a fitness goalschedule recurring time blocks for your daily workouts. Want to declutter? Schedule time to clean out your closet or garage on 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. That which is scheduled gets done.
6. 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.” The difference between doing something rather than nothing is huge. If you don’t have a full hour to workout at the gym, just decide to make it the best 20-minutes you can. If you stumble out of bed and don’t want to do 20-minutes on
the treadmill, lace up your sneakers and do five minutes (and you just might find you do another 15 minutes once the first five are out of the way). Dr. Marciano says, “Any effort towards your goal is better than no effort.”
7. 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.
Achieving your goals isn’t about willpower. It’s about developing the right skills, executing strategies, and having the patience that inevitably lead to success.
A Happy New Year from Adrienne and the team at Shanghai Properties.
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