Tips to Help Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

by, Don Canada

It is that time of year again, Happy New Year! You have probably started to think about how you are going to make this year the best yet, starting with a New Years resolution. Be Healthy has done some research on what are the most common resolutions and which resolutions are most commonly broken. We have some tips and tricks about how to keep the resolutions going and accomplish your 2015 goals.

New Years Resolutions

Top 10 New Years Resolutions:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get 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 and their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

Many people spend the first day of the year making resolutions then spend the other 364 days trying to keep them. In reality only 8% of people successfully achieve their resolutions. Here are the most commonly broken resolutions.

Top 10 Commonly Broken New Years Resolutions:

  1. Lose weight and get fit
  2. Quit smoking
  3. Learn something new
  4. Eat healthier and diet
  5. Get out of debt and save money
  6. Spend more time with family
  7. Travel to new places
  8. Be less stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink less

Researchers have studied people’s success rates for resolutions; the first two weeks usually go as planned but by February people fall off track. By December most people are back where they started or further behind. Making resolutions work involves changing behaviors, in order to change your behavior you have to change your way of thinking. Below we have some tips to help you reach your goals.

Top 10 Tips for making resolutions and more importantly keeping them:

  1. Focus on one resolution, rather than several. Set realistic and specific goals.
  2. Don’t wait until New Years Eve to make resolutions, make it a year long process every day.
  3. Take small steps.
  4. Have an accountability buddy. Someone close to you to whom you have to report.
  5. Celebrate your success between milestones.
  6. Focus your thinking on new behaviors and thought patterns.
  7. Focus on the present, what is one thing you can do today?
  8. Be mindful. Become physically, emotionally, and mentally aware of your inner state.
  9. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  10. Have fun and laugh at yourself.

For further information about resolutions and meeting goals please visit our sources:

http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2040218,00.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201312/why-we-dont-keep-our-new-years-resolutions

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanette-pavini/10-tricks-to-help-you-actually-keep-your-new-years-resolutions_b_4550549.html

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