Happy 2017 to you! With a new year comes (re)new(ed) determination about setting, executing and achieving goals – AKA a New Year’s Resolution. And every year, it seems to be an iteration of the same list: join a gym, eat better, sleep more, break such-and-such a habit. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Making a list
If you’re like most people, you’ve already made a to-do list of Things To Accomplish In 2017. But once the heady rush of champagne wears off and the reality hangover sets in, it can be hard to go from word spoken to a done deed.
The website Scatterbrain summarizes a study from the University of Scranton, reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, where researchers found that after week into a new year, 75 per cent of resolution makers remain on-track; but after six months, that number dwindles to 46 per cent.
Almost a quarter of respondents claim that they found making New Year’s resolutions depressing, stressful and that it was sure-fire set up for failure and disappointment.
Oh, no! That’s not the way to start a new year – or even a new day, so what gives? Why is it so hard to make a resolution stick?
From resolution #epicfails…
Researchers have identified several factors, such as setting vague goals (“I want to be happier in 2017”) or having unrealistic expectations (“I want to lose 50 pounds by March”).
The biggest challenge seems to be setting dreams into actions – and then maintaining momentum. As well all know, changing our behaviour and habits can be difficult. But the right attitude can actually help to make a new habit or behaviour permanent. So, how can you go about making resolutions that inspire, uplift and stay the course?
To smashing success
Starting tomorrow, and for the next 21 days, we’re serving up new and easy fitness, health and lifestyle tips that you can use to help get you in gear and on the road toward a healthier, happier, more productive you. For the full list of tips as they’re revealed, visit the Rock Your Resolutions page.
Please don’t feel like you have to incorporate all 21 of these tips at once; pick the ones that resonate, incorporate them into your routine and make a plan to rock them daily.
And if it all seems daunting, just remember that Mark Twain once said: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”