New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.
Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later.
It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it.
Why is maintaining resolutions so tough? Perhaps you’re setting a goal that’s too vague or having unrealistic expectations (lose 30 pounds by March 1-ha!) Outsmarting the odds means setting doable goals then breaking them down into reasonable steps. A new you in the New Year!
Reboot your diet...do a kitchen cleanse. Toss unhealthy products (chips, sugary granolas, sodas) from your pantry. Reboot your workout…people who are successful are more likely to view fitness as a permanent lifestyle change. Reboot your stressful days…Say no to something every week. A simple “I can’t, sorry” is a helpful immediate fix. Try meditation. Meditation is like your brain’s virus checker, detecting toxic stress and blocking its effects on your physical and emotional health. Reboot your energy…People are just too tired to focus on change. Make a to-don’t list. After you write out your to-do list for the day, ask yourself which tasks really need to get done-and which aren’t realistic. Drawing a line through the later removes energy-draining clutter from your mind.
Whatever your goals, be kind to yourself and realistic. That is the key to forming good habits that will last a lifetime.