New Year’s resolutions come every year and many make them in hopes of seeing better results in the new year. A good 2013 prediction would be that very few manage to keep these New Year’s resolutions. But there are some methods that experts say you can use to enhance your chances of producing a new better you.
Parenting expert Jackie P. Taylor says according to NJ.com that “about half of all New Year’s resolution-makers drop their goals before the end of January, and just 8 percent of adults actually reach their goals.” These statistics led her daughter to challenge her mother to keep her New Year’s resolution of getting fit and losing 40 pounds. She issued a challenge on YouTube for everyone else to only make a resolution if they plan on sticking with it:
“I decided for my 2013 resolution, I am going to take one for the team. I’m doing this for you guys who do not meet goals.”
Dr. Henry Cloud of Fox News says “there are three areas in life where we make resolutions: clinical (how you feel), relationships (marriage, dating, family friends, work) and performance (dreams, goals, talents, accomplishments).” He claims the trick for keeping your New Year’s resolutions is twofold: 1) a new energy source and 2) a structure or template to guide that energy.
He also says the biggest mistake that people make is to make a commitment and expect to try harder as a means for meeting the goal. Instead, he suggests surrounding your self with others who have a similar shared purpose. For example, if your goal is to lose weight then he suggests becoming part of the Weight Watchers group. Or if your goal is to follow God then you must go to church.
Dr. Cloud also says to expect to fail every so often. Small setback should not be taken as complete failure.you also need to analyze how you failed in the past. If you know that hanging out with a certain group causes you to spend inordinate amounts of time in front of the TV then you should avoid that group in order to lose weight.
Finally, you need a smaller subset of easier to reach goals that serve as milestones in your progress toward your final New Year’s resolution. For example, if you plan on losing weight then one goal might be to start that gym membership that you have been avoiding for months. Lastly, suggests choosing goals that you value and care about in order that you might find fulfillment.
According to USA.gov here are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions that Americans like to make:
- Drink Less Alcohol
- Eat Healthy Food
- Get a Better Education and/or Job
- Get Fit and Lose Weight
- Manage Stress
- Quit Smoking
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
- Save Money and Manage Debt
- Take a Trip
- Volunteer to Help Others
The peeps over on Twitter are tweeting some of their ideas for a New Year’s resolution:
And I have to wonder what that is all about:
What is your own New Year’s resolution and what do you plan on doing differently this coming 2013 year in order to keep your resolution?