Now because there are no more Christmas films on television, turkey sandwiches, family size chocolates, and curries, what is next? By now, attention has turned to the new year that is coming and the resolutions that many of us make so that we can better ourselves over the next 12 months.
As such, we decided to examine the most common New Year’s resolutions and why people fail. Furthermore, we will provide techniques on how to maximise your chances of not giving up when February arrives.
The Most Common New Year’s Resolutions
The most common New Year’s Resolutions provided below are according to ComRes Poll. They are provided in terms of percentages. These resolutions include:
- Exercises (38%)
- Lose weight (33%)
- Eating Healthy (32%)
- Taking a more active approach to health (15%)
- Hobby or learning new skills (15%)
- Spending more time with friends and family (12%)
- Spend more time on wellbeing (12%)
- Drink less alcohol (12%)
- Stop smoking (9%)
- Others (1%)
Well, according to the information provided above, it is quite clear that many people try to do something about their wellbeing or health. According to the MoneyGuru.com, making few small changes can help you improve your bank balance or make it healthier.
For example, if your cut down of purchasing takeaways or any other little indulgences like alcohol; and rather opt to make your own meals or make a whole week meal can help you save money. Instead, using that money on taking care of yourself, for example, getting Shellac nails done or getting a pedicure is shown to prolong the motivation. Other helpful tip includes avoiding those expensive gym memberships that you never use and rather opt for going for walks, and taking stairs instead of lifts. You can also watch fitness videos on YouTube, which is free and apply those exercising techniques.
Why Do People Fail At New Year’s Resolution?
According to a poll that included 2,000 British people and published by Bupa found that out of those who said they would be setting a New Year’s resolution for their 2017 year; half of the number were not confident that they would stick to it. To counter this, 52% said that setting small or achievable goals will help them stick to their resolutions.
On the other hand, one in every five people set goals that are overly ambitious. 58% women, who are more compared to men (45%) say that making realistic, achievable, and realistic goals will help them keep their New Year’s resolutions; while 26% of men who are more compared women 21% say that technology is the key to helping them keep their New Year’s goals on track.
How Can You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions?
The truth is that every new year, many people set new goals but only a few actually achieve them. According to a psychology lecturer at the University of Derby Online Learning; Philip Clarke, the biggest mistake many people think of what they want to achieve but not actually plan how to achieve it.
He said: “People set long-term goals like getting their ‘dream body’ or spend more time with family (at first all these sound like good goals). However, the problem is that the goal-setting process for many people ends there.”
“Those who develop actionable plans become more confidence, experience less anxiety, receive greater satisfaction, and improved their concentration when it comes to achieving their goals and likely succeed.”
Well, the setting up of New Year’s goals is the starting place; however, this is not the end. You have to constantly monitor and ensure every step you take is geared towards your goals based on current situations. These techniques will not only allow you to make them more them easy to achieve but do also help you achieve keep your goals realistic and challenging.
Do Not Beat Yourself If You Do Not Achieve Your Goals
Finally, in case you experience problems that interfere with you achieving your goals, it is not the end of the world. Use that as a learning tool and ensure that you do not make the same mistake twice. This is because this technique will help you develop new achievement strategies that will work for you. Remember, one of the best ways to achieve your goals is through learning and make changes where needed.