Well, we’re officially half way through January and according to New York Daily News 22% of Americans said they’ve already cheated on their resolutions, and 50% of people didn’t even get started!
The most popular resolutions include weight loss, keeping fit, saving money and quitting smoking, drinking or eating chocolate and fatty foods.
So why do resolutions fail?
Three of the most common culprits for failing to make New Year’s resolutions are:-
- Lack of preparation
- Doing too much too soon
- Quitting permanently if you hit a glitch
So, if you’re battling with sticking to your resolutions, or you’ve already quit then here’s some simple tips to getting you back on track.
1. Lack of preparation
Grab a notepad and write down your resolution at the top of the page. List everything you need to do to enable you to continue with your goal.
Tell as many people as possible about your resolution as you’ll be more successful if you’re accountable to others.
If you’re giving something up, choose an alternative to fill the void so you don’t feel you’re losing out on something.
Organise your diary as suggested below.
2. Doing too much too soon
If you have more than one resolution, decide to stagger your start date. Allow at least two weeks between the start of each so that you can make your new behaviour habitual.
Use a diary to help you, diary what you need to do and on what day. So if you’re committing to get fit and go to the gym, decide on the days you’re going to go to the gym and write them as an appointment in your diary.
3. Quitting permanently if you hit a glitch
If you hit a glitch, take a break for a day or two, but write in your diary the day you’re going to start again and be sure to follow steps 1 and 2 above.
Change your terminology and decide to have a New Month resolution as opposed to a New Year so you can start something new at the start of each month.
Make a list of how your life will improve when you adopt your new resolution.
Make a list of the people you’ll impress by sticking to your resolution.
Imagine yourself regularly, adopting and being praised for achieving your resolution.
Remember a new behaviour to improve your life can start any minute in any day. It doesn’t have to be a New Year, a new week or new month!