5 Reasons New Year's Resolutions Succeed

When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, many New Year’s resolutions will have been made, but few will be kept. An estimated 47% of us make resolutions related to self-improvement, but only 8% are successfulin achieving what we set out to do. 

Whether you’re aiming to eat healthier or to hit the gym more frequently, there are a few simple ways you can prevent your New Year’s resolution from becoming simply another statistic in failure. 

1. Break It Down 
Most New Year’s resolutions are rather long-term commitments that won’t see immediate results. Breaking down your overall goal into smaller benchmarks will allow you to celebrate your successes. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, set out how many pounds you’re looking to lose each month. Working towards smaller goals will help you achieve the larger ones you set out for yourself. 

2. Keep It Specific 
Define what your resolution actually looks like. Resolutions like “eating healthier” and “getting into shape” are common, but what are the end results you’re looking for? Psychologists suggest using the SMART method when creating long-terms goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Instead of declaring that you’re going to get into shape, set out to reach a specific body fat percentage or lose a certain number of pounds. If you want to eat healthier, define what that looks like.

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3. Pencil It In 
According to research, physically writing down your goals increases your chances of achieving them. Penciling steps into a schedule will help you in attaining your end goal. If you’re looking to get into shape, schedule when you plan on exercising and what your work out will look like. Weekly or monthly schedules will allow you to visually see what progress has been achieved and what you still have ahead. 

4. Share It
Voicing your resolution to a close and trustworthy circle will allow others to help you along the way. These people will become your biggest fans, celebrating your successes as progress is made. Your fan club will also likely hold you accountable until you achieve your desired result, making you more likely to succeed. 

5. Track and Celebrate It
Write down your progress as it happens. If you had a particular low point in your journey, reflecting on your notes will allow you to pinpoint the problem and adjust accordingly. When positive progress is achieved, you will be able to remember how you got there and work towards similar steps. Most importantly, when you’re doing well, celebrate your success! Reward your mini-milestones (without putting your goal in danger) as you work towards a better version of yourself. 

Read more tips for weight loss success

New Year’s resolutions aren’t always easy, but they aren’t impossible. Happy resolution planning!

By Adrianne Hughes| December 31, 2016
Categories:  Live

About the Author

Adrianne Hughes

Adrianne Hughes

Adrianne is a communications professional with a love for all things sports, reality television, and food. Adrianne loves discovering the latest and greatest in food trends and is always looking to add new (and healthy) meals to her repertoire. When she's not in kitchen you can find her in search of a restaurant to satisfy her craving du jour.

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