Happy New Year!
Personally I love New Years – what a time! A time to restart, renew and re-inspire ourselves every January 1st; that feeling of optimism and renewed energy is truly the purest of good vibes! New Years Resolutions tend to disguise themselves as the perfect opportunity for perfect opportunities, with pro-self love slogans boasting ‘New Year, New Me!’ and endless discounts, sales, and engaging potential in gym memberships, college open days, and of course, the physical start of a new calendar; all enticing us into believing this is the perfect time to do anything and everything.
But do New Years Resolutions works?
As most of us would know, the best intentions do not always work out. Surveys conducted by Australian health giant BUPA in 2015 concluded 68% of people who make New Years Resolutions at the start of the year, tend to fail their resolution promises by December 31st, compared to a bleaker British study in 2013 which claimed 1 in 10 individuals fail to continue their revolutionary promises after three months. On the upside, researches at the Harvard School of Medicine found those who do stick with their resolutions, despite minor failures, will succeed their goal within 6 months if they continue to be persistent (with over 44% of study participants kicking serious goals by the end of the study time).
So what is the best way to set a new years resolution?
These successful people in the Harvard study were not superheros, without fault, or without troubles. So why did so many succeed when so many of us fail? Is success like that something we can all achieve? Is it really, all mindset? The same research from the 2013 Harvard study came from the psychological approach of how resolutions are made and conquered and specifically, what separates the winners from those who fall off the band wagon. The study catalogued the successful people’s attitudes and actions and created a comparable variable table to cross identify what made a goal successful, and what set the others up for failure. It was a pretty big study so to summarise it, here are some of the biggest take home steps from the study of what helped those 44% kick some serious goals:
- Writing down your goals creates a feeling of commitment and helps achieve goals subconsciously by remembering it continuously. Some even hung the goal on their wall, phone background, or made a mood board that was visible at home or in the office to keep them subconsciously, on track
- Determine how important the change is to you, and if that inspires you to adopt that change. Some of the dramatic health goals were those that were well thought out, and physically relevant to individual health needs; by identifying the severity of need, subjects found it easier to justify change and actions
- Ask yourself if it is achievable – promising yourself to lost 50kg by the end of the year, may not be as achievable as eating healthier and working out more – by re-framing the goal to manageable sizes, or more so, re-framing the mindset of realistic vs idealistic; goal targets were pushed much further into reach
- Create a concrete plan. How will you achieve this goal? What do you need to achieve it? There is no point cooking a meal for a dinner party but not setting the table; set yourself up for greatness and implement small track changes to help achieve the larger goal will not only add to the feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction, but also lay great framework for later success
- Accountability: tell friends, family, or post on social media whatever changes you make so you have a record and a consist audience to hold you accountable if you slip
While this was a brief summary, there are some stellar points here on how to achieve some NYE goals! What do you think? Anything here you might implement along the way to help achieve some 2018 goals?
Tell me what you hope to achieve in 2018! I’d love to hear it!