The University of Scranton teamed with the Journal of Clinical Psychology and reviewed New Year’s Resolutions (See summary here). Only 8% of the population succeeded at their prior year’s New Year’s Resolutions. 25% of people drop their New Year’s Resolution by the end of the first week. A third of people drop their resolution by the end of the first month.
There are a number of factors influencing resolution success. A very typical issue is that people tend to NOT plan out how they are going to actually achieve their resolution. The most common resolution is losing weight. Losing weight comes down to three factors; eating fewer calories, eating healthier and moving more. To be successful at achieving a weight loss resolution, a person needs to plan out how are they going to track and reduce calories, how are they going to ensure they eat more and how are they going to move more. While it is ok for the goal to be a little lose, the more specific a person is on how he/she will accomplish the actions that lead to achieving the goal, the more likely he/she will lose the weight.
Be very specific on your action plans. Ask yourself the five “W” and an “H” questions. What are you going to do? Why are you doing this action? When will you do it? Where will you do it? Who are you going to do it with? Finally, How are you going to do it? Once you have these questions all laid out, put your action plans in your calendar and set reminders on your phone. Look over your plan. Are their any obstacles to accomplishing the plan as you laid out? Address them now. If you say you are going to go to the gym at 6 am every morning but your schedule has you getting to bed at 2 am, your plan probably isn’t going to work for long. You are better off addressing these issues before you even start.
I’ve recently published a book Greater Than that is very appropriate for achieving New Year’s Resolutions. Greater Than is the first in the series The Little Book Series for Big Success. Each book in this series is meant to be read in under an hour and is constructed in a way where you can start applying its techniques immediately. Greater Than give thirteen different tools, techniques and strategies that will help you reach your resolution goals.
Please like or share if you know someone who needs a little help with their resolutions. We all could use a little help once in awhile.