With Christmas just 9 days away and New Years just 15 days away, the thoughts of New Years resolutions will likely be hot topics of conversation. There is something about a new year that inspires people to make change, just like most new diets begin on Mondays.
In 2012 Time Magazine released a list of the 10 Most Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not a surprise among the list of ten include:
- Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Eat Healthier and Diet
- Be Less Stressed
However, what is more interesting are the results of New Years Resolutions as published by University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology in January of 2014. According to their study only 8% of people actually follow through and succeed on their resolutions. Only 8%!?
Seems like a pretty discouraging statistic, right? But I don’t think it has to be, I think the reason people fail to follow through is that they have failed to create a plan. So as you begin to think about your New Years Resolutions for 2015, consider the following:
You Need SMART Goals
Each of the failed resolutions listed above are entirely too general. For instance, instead of lose weight, determine how much you want to lose in a certain amount of time. Then, how are you going to accomplish the weight loss? Are you going to start weight watchers? Are you going to use a free calorie tracker? Are you going to give up soda? You have to determine specific steps you will take to ‘lose weight.’ Without a goal and a plan you aren’t committed to actually making the change.
You Need Accountability
I’ve written on willpower in the past – at some point the temptations will become greater than our ability to resist. When we connect with someone, whether it be a friend, a family member, a personal trainer or group fitness instructor, etc. you become accountable for doing what you said you are going to do. An accountability partner should not only be invested in you but also in achieving the same types of goals. Let’s say your goal is to ‘get fit.’ One of the best accountability partners you can find is someone who already enjoys exercise. Pairing up with someone who also is good at finding excuses for skipping the gym likely isn’t the best choice for achieving your goal.
You Need Expertise
Stop spending money on the latest fad diet book or workout DVDs and connect with a professional in your area. Think about it, why are we willing to spend hundreds of dollars for an ‘at-home’ solution when none of the past solutions have been effective? Instead, invest some time and money to partner with a personal trainer or nutritionist that can give you practical advice and support. Having a one-on-one relationship with a professional is going to help to support your unique needs and goals – no book or DVD is a one size fits all, which is why they aren’t effective in helping you succeed.
If you need help defining your New Years resolutions this year, drop me a line. I’d be happy to take some time to help you create a plan that not only meets your needs, but that you can successfully accomplish.