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New Year’s Resolutions… How to do it this year!

It’s that time again. Every year almost 50% of all Americans will make some type of New Year’s Resolution. Here were the top resolutions of last year>>>

Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2015
1
Lose Weight
2
Getting Organized
3
Spend Less, Save More
4
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5
Staying Fit and Healthy
6
Learn Something Exciting
7
Quit Smoking
8
Help Others in Their Dreams
9
Fall in Love
10
Spend More Time with Family

Here is some more interesting facts about New Year’s Resolutions>>>

Type of Resolutions (Percent above 100% because of multiple resolutions) Data
Self Improvement or education related resolutions 47 %
Weight related resolutions 38 %
Money related resolutions 34 %
Relationship related resolutions 31 %
Age Success Rates Data
Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year 39 %
Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year 14 %
Length of Resolutions Data
Resolution maintained through first week 75 %
Past two weeks 71 %
Past one month 64 %
Past six months 46 %

Out of all this data the one thing we care about is this… only 8% of the people who make a resolutions have a statistical chance of having their goal happen. That’s not very good betting odds.

Someone recently did a survey and talked to some of these 8% and found out they all had ONE THING in common… they committed to the KISS principle. What is that, you say? Here it is>>>

K.I.S.S. = KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID

That’s right. They all opted out of the 20 different resolutions, which do not make it to the end of January. Instead, they focused on doing one or two things very consistently.

So, how are you going to keep your New Year’s Goal this year? By keeping it simple. Don’t try to do too much. Focusing on one thing this year. This is what I have done for the past few years and I have been in that 8% every year.

Some of my goals have been: run a half marathon, run a marathon, read 100 books, read through my Bible, and read a chapter of Proverbs every day. These may not seem like much to you but these are life-goals I can now place a check mark by. Several of these have now become parts of my everyday life that I continue to do.

Here’s what you can do>>>

1. Find your one thing. This may take a little time. I would suggest making a list of all the things you would like to accomplish then force yourself to narrow it down to one big goal. It needs to be big enough to get you motivated but not too big be discouraging.

2. Make a clear path for success. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” While it is true that “no plan survives the first encounter with the enemy” it is still vital to have one. This will really depend on what type of resolution you decide but make an actionable plan that will at least help you make it through the first three months.

3. Anticipate set backs. Nothing is perfect. If you are trying to lose weight there will be a birthday party come up and that cake will be impossible to resist. If you are trying to read more there will be that deadline at work which will take up all your time. The important this is to plan for set backs so they just set you back not derail your goals.

4. Plan rewards and celebrate along the way. It’s the journey not the destination that is the true reward. Make a plan to reward yourself along the way and celebrate the little achievements. When I was trying to read 100 books in a year, I celebrated reaching 20 books. At the time, that was the most I had ever read in a year. My celebration was a date night with my wife. That little celebration was very motivating and helped me ultimately reach my goal.

What is your ONE GOAL this year?

 

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