A New Year’s Resolution You CAN Keep…
Have you become jaded about “New Years Resolutions?”
How can we keep the New Years Resolutions we make?
According to USA.gov, here are the most popular New Years Resolutions Americans make each year:
- Lose Weight
- Volunteer To Help Others
- Quit Smoking
- Get A Better Education
- Get a Better job
- Save Money
- Get Fit
- Eat Healthier
- Manage Stress
- Manage Debt
- Take A Trip
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
- Drink Less Alcohol
Richard Wiseman, author of Quirkology, and researchers actually followed over 3,000 people who made a range of resolutions from this list, including losing weight, quitting smoking, and drinking less alcohol.
How Many People Actually KEEP New Years Resolutions…
What did he find?
Well, after one year, only 12% of the participants actually accomplished their resolution.
Think of it this way: 88% of people were stuck addicted to smoking, feeling overweight, and drinking too much alcohol.
To me that sounds like 88% of people who set out to escape from something painful, and did not succeed.
This adds insult to injury.
And that’s one of the reasons I despise unrealistic resolutions!
How Men Vs. Women Succeed At New Years Resolutions…
So what about the people who DID succeed?
There was actually a significant deviation between what men did to succeed versus what women did to succeed.
Men were 22% MORE likely to reach their goals if they focused on creating small goals within the larger goal.
For men, they didn’t aim to lose 20 pounds, but rather one pound per week.
Women had more success when they were public about their goals; i.e. telling their families and friends. (Or even publicizing their goals on Facebook!)
Women also had 10% more success when they received encouragement along the way to their goals; these women would not let a “cheat day” get in the way of a weight loss goal, but saw it as a temporary setback.
How To Succeed At Your New Years Resolution…
A few other insights were made clear in this study.
#1: Only Set ONE Resolution…
Setting 10 resolutions is only going to make it difficult to achieve ANY resolutions.
You’re going to see MUCH more success if you focus your efforts on one resolution.
#2: Think Ahead…
If you’re just trying to write down a resolution because it’s New Years Day – you may not choose the most important goal.
If you want to have a better job, but also want to lose weight – consider which one is most important for you before just choosing one over the other.
Consider that if you lose weight – you will have more confidence to get that better job!
Or perhaps you decide that your current job prohibits you from losing weight because of long hours in a chair (I know how this goes!).
So you may want to choose a job that gives you the flexibility of schedule to workout more consistently.
Give yourself the time to really analyze what is most important to you – and how you will best be able to achieve one important goal.
#3: Don’t Make The Same Resolution As Last Year…
I’m SO discouraged that I didn’t reach my goal last year.
In fact, I had TOO many!
Among them were:
I wanted to read 10 specific books – one being very long and advanced… and I only made it through 5 on my list before getting distracted.
I wanted to journal every day. I didn’t get close.
I wanted to cut gluten and dairy from my diet. I’m addicted to cheese! This is so hard to do! (Although I do still try due to food allergies I struggle with.)
I failed at all of them! (And most of them I failed at all in one day!)
If you couldn’t do it last year, don’t remind yourself of that pain again this year.
You may have set an unrealistic goal!
Or maybe you tried to bite off more than you could chew!
Instead of saying, “I want to lose 25 pounds”, change that to, “I want to lose 3 pounds per month just from drinking SlimTea”.
(Those pounds can slip away almost EFFORTLESSLY by making this one, simple change!)
Set S.M.A.R.T goals .
These are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and on a time-frame.
Map your goal out. If you want to lose weight, here’s a SMART goal:
Email your family, post on Facebook – even email ME if you want to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Find people to share your goal with- as many people as you can!
Use those family members or friends to hold you accountable to your goal.
I did this recently: I told my sister and my husband that I did not want to be a pregnant lady who whines and cries about every aching pain in my back or sleepless night.
Now every time I want to whine about my achy breaky back or a sleepless night – I know that they will remind me that I don’t want that negativity for myself. I’ll re-channel my energy to think positive thoughts about how blessed I am to be having a child – and the pain seems to melt away!
If you want to keep yourself accountable to weight loss, put a box of SlimTea or SlimTea Capsules in EVERY desk, office, purse, and suitcase you use.
I have a pack of capsules in every purse, every briefcase, and every desk of my house. (And my workout clothes drawer!)
This way, I ALWAYS remember to take my capsules – no matter where I am!
Stock up – we’re running VERY low on stock with the New Years Resolutions…
(… you can’t say I didn’t warn you!)
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