If you’re one of the 45 percent of American who usually set New Year’s Resolutions, you certainly want to be among the only 8 percent who actually stick with them.
A Gallup poll last year said that about half of Americans want to lose weight but only about a quarter are even trying. This is not really shocking because, officially, 69 percent of Americans, who are older than 20, are overweight.
The numbers are not that different when it comes to other non-fitness related resolutions. Regardless of what you wish to achieve in 2017, the tips for not giving up are fairly common.
Most resolutions fail by February. First, people get excited about a goal, but then feel overwhelmed when they picture this giant end result. Too many tasks can easily lead to overload and eventual activity-freeze. Some people try to do too much too soon. Then they feel crushed when they fall short of their goal and give up.
Another reason is choosing a goal you don't resonate with. This happens because people think they “should” want that specific thing that everybody else seems to be striving for. Ask yourself why you want something and keep reminding yourself of the answer. Connecting with that usually creates a great deal of passion and motivation for taking action.
Making realistic New Year’s Resolutions has a lot to do with creating a new habit. However, that can be impossible if you don’t create a solid trigger for it.
Here is a list of several tips you should keep in mind when deciding what your resolutions for 2017 are going to be so you can actually stick with them.