It’s still the first week of the New Year; how are you doing on your resolution?
If you find yourself slipping, you’re not alone. According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, nearly 40 percent of people claim to make them, but only 8 percent of people actually obtain them, with most admitting defeat after only a month.
So what’s the problem?
It’s often the resolutions themselves. Check out the picture above that includes a list of popular ones. While they may sound like positive changes to bring to 2014, they really don’t say much at all. To be successful, you have to start by being specific. The more specific you are, the more successful you’ll be. Once you have a very specific goal, you need to spend time formulating a plan.
It’s not too late to change the statistics for 2015. Reword unrealistic resolutions into something obtainable and put a plan in place. Below are some examples:
|Old Resolution||New Resolution||Plan (examples)|
|Lose weight||Lose 5# by March 1st||*Keep a journal of everything I eat *Hire a nutrition coach *Replace all sugar sweetened beverages with water|
|Exercise More||Run or do the elliptical machine 30 minutes/day 5 days per week||*Set alarm 45 minutes earlier and run before work* Drive directly to the gym after work M-W-F, then run at home Saturday and Sunday *Join a running club|
|Eat Better||Eat at least 3 servings of vegetables every single day||*Include tomatoes or greens at breakfast each day *Buy a vegetable tray and keep it in the refrigerator at all times *Replace my usual after work snack with a vegetable smoothie|