New Year’s resolution statistics show that 80% of the new habits and goals you hope to achieve will fail by February. After February, only 8% of people will actually accomplish what they’ve set out to do. That doesn’t seem like a promising outlook, to say the least.
Don’t become another part of this grim statistic. There are different ways to stay positive about making changes in your life and realistic ways of achieving them.
Sure, everyone would like to be healthier and improve their personal and professional relationships. However, these resolutions are too general. Set specific, measurable and realistic goals you can look forward to accomplishing.
For example, get lunch with mom once per week; walk at least 5,000 steps per day; check everything off your to-do list at the end of each workweek. Any of these specific goals will contribute to an overarching resolution of feeling better about yourself.
Don’t let your goals only exist in your mind: Write them down. Journal when you’d like to achieve them by and the steps you are willing to take to get there. Writing down personal goals will make for a great reminder and motivator at the end of the year when you look back on everything you’ve accomplished.
You’ve set out “New Year’s” resolutions for a reason. Most likely because they could take a whole year to accomplish. Don’t put pressure on yourself to accomplish everything you’ve set out to do once the clock strikes midnight on January 1. If your mindset is to get through as many New Year’s resolutions as possible, you’ll be standing in your own way of becoming an overall better human being.
Even though thinking about your health may not seem like the flashiest of resolutions, chances are you won’t be able to accomplish bigger goals you’ve set for yourself if your health is suffering. Start simple. Make an appointment with your doctor for an annual check-up. From there, you can determine and treat any lingering health issues that could be standing in your way.
Accomplishing anything out of your normal comfort zone is a win in itself. If at the end of each week you feel like you’ve overcome a lot and completed specific goals on your list, reward yourself! Buy those new shoes you’ve been wanting for months or go see a movie with a friend. You deserve it.
A great way to make sure you accomplish your goals is to share them with a loved one. You can even set some goals to tackle together. Having someone to lean on when you feel like you are failing or someone to keep you in check when you don’t feel motivated enough to take something on is a blessing.
At the end of the day, no matter what you’ve accomplished, it’s important to stay positive. Keep encouraging yourself and understand that self-improvement doesn’t just happen overnight. A great way to stay positive (and heart-healthy) is to practice meditation — which could even be one of your New Year’s resolutions, too!
If your goal is to be more active next year, our guide “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” can help. Staying active is an important part of maintaining good health for your body and your brain.