New Year's tips on keeping goals

Monday, December 31, 2012

According to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 8% of people are successful in achieving resolutions for the new year. In 2012, only 45% of people actually attempted a resolution. This number has dwindled down over the years due to various reasons, with the number one being lack of motivation. With that in mind, here are some tips to achieve any New Year's resolutions:

*focus only on one resolution. Focusing on too many goals all at once is where many people go wrong. If one resolution is commited on paper rather than thoughts of many resolutions, a person may find themselves being more successful in achieving their goals. It is also important to write down the reasoning behind the resolution. Too often do people forget why they sought out to achieve a goal in the first place.

*be specific. Writing down small steps that will ensure completion of a goal is very helpful. According to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology, the number one resolution for 2012 was to lose weight. If a person only plans to lose weight without planning out day to day routines, they may find themselves less successful in their weight loss than others who plan.

*find someone with the same resolution. Having an accountability partner can really help when working towards a goal. People cannot always trust themselves. Being surrounded by good friends can boost confidence and motivation towards a goal.

*last but not least, be realistic. 25% of those who made goals in 2012 did not keep them through the first week. Growth takes patience, commitment, and time. It's important to allow mistakes, as well. If someone's goal is to lose weight, then one day of a sugar binge is not going to ruin the whole diet. It is no reason to give up completely.

If something does come up to prevent someone from maintaining a New Year's resolution, it's important to remember that resolution is just another word for goal. They can be made at anytime through out the year.

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