The New Year New You Fallacy

Every year around January everyone starts talking about their New Years Resolution.  I always hear people spouting the “New Year New You” mantra.  While improving yourself is always a good thing the new years resolution is almost always an exercise in failure.  In 2013 Forbes published and article quoting University of Scranton research that states “just 8% of people actually keep their goals”.   Another article published by US News in 2016 states that 80% of people will fail at keeping to their resolution.  I believe most people do truly plan to keep their resolution, but changing habits is not easy to do.  There are many self help books out there that can point you in the right direction but if you lack the will to make the change you will fail.  So how does one succeed in keeping their new years resolution?

  1. Set many small goals not one over all resolution.
    1. Instead of I will get in shape this year,  You set goal one as i will go to the gym 5 days this week
    2. Next you set the goal I will go to the gym 5 days a week every week this month and so on.
  2. Stick to it.
    1. To stick to your resolutions you need to make the steps a habit.
    2. You can only make it a habit by doing the step when you are supposed to
  3. Don’t give up.

Number 3 is probably the most important.  It is difficult to make a new good habit, as well as change or stop a bad habit.  If you miss a gym day or cheat on your diet it is not the end of the world.  Everyone fails from time to time.  Just get back to it the next day.  Eventually you’ll reach your goal.  If your goal was like the example above going to the gym will become a habit.  Once that happens you can set your next goal and it should be easier to achieve.

We are now entering the second week of February if you have given up on your resolution give my steps a try to see if it helps.

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