Well, the time has come. It’s the last day in December and the last day of 2012. As we embark on the New Year, many people feel that it’s necessary to make new goals and “resolutions,” if you will.
The most popular New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 according to USA.gov were:
- Drink less alcohol
- Eat healthy food
- Get a better education
- Get fit
- Lose weight
- Manage debt
- Manage stress
- Quit smoking
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
- Save money
- Take a trip
- Volunteer to help others
As you can see many resolutions are pretty predictable and let’s be honest, they don’t usually last more than a couple months. In fact, according to a study by the University of Scranton only 46% of people who make resolutions stick to them for more than 6 months. The demographics of people who follow their resolution are also skewed in one direction. 39% of people in their twenties achieve their resolution each year whereas only 14% of people over the age of 50 achieve theirs.
So, if you do decide to make a New Year’s resolution, here are some ways to stick to them:
- Be specific and realistic about them.
- Make measurable goals and write them down.
- Limit the number of resolutions you make.
- Visibly post your list so that you can be reminded and encouraged to keep them up.
- Enlist the support of your friends and family.
- Take action immediately. Sign up for a membership or buy what you need. If you invest money into it, you will be less likely to quit.
- Practice new behaviors that encourage success. Surround yourself with good influences.
- Set incremental goals and reward yourself for partial success.
- Substitute a good habit for the bad one you want to break.
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Whether your resolution is listed above, or you have a different goal in mind, use the tips to try and stick to them and remember, the reason for a resolution is to help you. It will make you feel better about yourself and challenge you. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Good luck in 2013!