As the first month of 2013 has come and gone, how are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you saved any money, lost any weight, been ferociously sending out resumes? Or is the better question – have you broken your New Year’s Resolutions?
Studies suggest that 25% of us break our resolutions in the first week, and 50% within 6 months. One major reason half of us break our resolution is because we can’t balance our new resolution with our prior commitments. For example, the person who sets their New Year’s Resolution to get healthier this year and lose weight by going to the gym everyday goes in to the New Year with good intentions, but reality kicks in when prior commitments pop up. What if you have kids to look after, season tickets to see your favorite sports team, a girl’s night every Thursday or bible study on Monday, it could make it impossible to keep to your goal of going to the gym every day.
A great way to stick to your resolutions, like going to the gym every day, is to commit to giving some things up, or at least doing them less often. Maybe instead of girl’s night and bible study every week, you choose one to do every other week. Instead of going to the sports arena for all home games you decide to sell have your tickets in order to workout. There are a ton of activities you can give up in order to complete your New Year’s Resolution.
There are also different ways to complete your goals, like instead of heading to the gym every day, you invest in an treadmill or elliptical for your home, making it easier to work out when you have spare time. As the study suggests, we all have a 50/50 chance to meet out New Year’s Resolution, will you be the 50% that completes their goal, or the 50% that quits in less than 6 months?