It is that time of year. Time to say "Goodbye" to 2016, and "Hello" to 2017. It is not just a time to celebrate, but also to renew and make fresh beginnings.
People do many things to celebrate the coming of a New Year – an important one being making New Year Resolutions.
Did you know that 45% of Americans make resolutions? But not many of them actually manage to keep them. Wondering how many of them actually follow through with it by the end of January each year? Actually, just a meager 8%!
Make Them Stick!
Resolutions can be very hard to keep for many reasons. Some people find it hard to stay on track. Others make their goals too broad or challenging. Remember resolutions are meant to be small goals that will become habits over time that will help your life positively - not big life-changing plans.
According to USA.gov, some of the top resolutions made by folks are:
- Lose weight
- Volunteer to help others
- Quit smoking
- Get a better education
- Get a better job
- Save Money
- Get fit
- Eat healthy food
- Manage stress
- Manage debt
- Take a trip
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Did you notice that resolutions are always about making positive changes? We humans recognize that health is the biggest wealth for us all. The resolve to be healthy, eat well and exercise are naturally among the most popular. Yet they are some of the hardest goals to keep.
So here are some suggestions to make some of the resolutions stick:
- Keep your goals realistic. Cut back on soda rather than eliminate it completely. Make notebook entries of what you are aiming for, and track your progress.
- Write yourself reminders such as "Read for half hour", "No more than 15 minutes on social media!", “Don’t eat too much salt, sugar fat,” as examples
- Share your goal to someone who will support and help you achieve it.
- Take small steps to reach your final goal. If you are trying to eat less junk foods, don’t skip your meals. Substitute unhealthy foods with healthy foods - instead of Cheetos eat some real cheese or some fruit. Learn to read food labels.
Can you challenge yourself to be part of the 45% who make resolutions and grow the number of those who make it stick from 8%? Even if you are not the type who makes New Year resolutions, try to develop one new positive habit this year.
Happy New Year!