According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, here are some very interesting statistics about New Year’s Resolutions:
Top 10 Resolutions of 2015
1. Lose Weight
2. Get Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life To The Fullest
5. Staying Fit & Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Helping Others In Their Dreams
9. Fall In Love
10. Spend More Time With Family
Statistically Speaking…How Will We Do?
• 45% of people make New Year’s Resolutions
• 38% of Americans never make resolutions
• Only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolutions
• People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions
• 39% of people who are in their 20’s achieve their resolutions each year
• 14% of people who are 50 or over will achieve their resolutions
• 75% of people maintain their resolutions through the first week
• 71% of people make it past two weeks
• 64% of people make it past one month (uh-oh)
• 46% of people make it past six months
Why Are We Likely Not To Stick To Our Resolutions
1. You are doing it alone
-Find a buddy to help inspire, support, nag, cajole, browbeat you into action. If they can participate and their resolutions are aligned with yours, even better! Finding a partner to support you with your resolutions (personal and professional) will hold you more accountable for action.
2. You’re resolutions are too ambitious
-Sometimes it is better to start small and break your resolutions down into chunks than to decide that you want world domination! Start small – be the best in one area and then continue to stretch and reach for the next level of success is whatever area your are resolving to master/achieve.
3. You fail to create a realistic plan for your resolution(s)
-Let’s say you want to develop a new competency. Learning takes time and resourcefulness. It doesn’t just happen. If you expect, because you said the words aloud, for the knowledge to come to you, it won’t. [Hope is not a strategy.] You need to be a voracious learner. You need to practice your competency, you need to get feedback on it. The best way to upskill competencies is to find a mentor (which is a great starter resolution, by the way).
4. Lacking a positive point-of-view
-We are quick to focus on what we “haven’t achieved” or what we “cant do” instead of what we have accomplished and how we overcame obstacles to get what we have accomplished, done. We have to congratulate ourselves periodically and see how we are working towards the ultimate resolution.
5. You want to give up
-You WILL want to give up…don’t. Just don’t. I guarantee you do things every day that you dislike but they are habits so you don’t give it a second thought. According to this Huffington Post article by James Clear, “On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.”. So if you are giving up before your third month you are not giving yourself your best shot at being successful. Don’t disappoint yourself, don’t give up on yourself, you’re worth the investment you’re making.
Here Are Some Ideas On How You Can Stick To Your Resolutions
1. Be accountable
-To others and to yourself. Make promises and commitments and honor them. Don’t over-commit or spread yourself too thin but make your resolutions something that you must deliver upon. This will help to keep your developmental resolutions and support your inability to wiggle out of your resolution.
2. Make your resolutions realistic
-It is a lofty and respectable ambition to want “world peace” but you cannot achieve it in one fell swoop. Start with what you can do today, locally, to initiate your path to your resolution. Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged by the size of resolution…do what you can in steps to make it seem actionable and so that you can reflect on what you have achieved, not how far off the final result may seem.
3. Wake up excited to take the next steps
-Again, studies show it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit. You are going to have to push yourself those 66 days. Remind yourself, first thing in the morning, that you are one day closer to making your resolution a part of your daily routine. Feel proud that you are once again going to take a step in the right direction of achieving your goal(s). Congratulate yourself on sticking to it so far! If you wake up and feel “meh”…make sure you get your action out of the way first thing to minimize the risk of just pushing it to the side.
4. Be in the now
-Don’t think about tomorrow, don’t think about yesterday, just think about how you will fit your resolution(s) into the present moment. If you start to feel overwhelmed, just relax, take a couple deep breaths and focus on doing what is best for you at that moment.
5. It’s okay to be a little selfish
-You are allowed to make yourself the priority. Put your phone down, turn off your email notifications, put your phone on silent if you need to find time to accomplish your resolution and find a few moments of peace to focus. There are probably 10 things you don’t have to do, that aren’t urgent that you can shift to make time to accomplish your resolution.
6. Find a mentor
-Find someone inspiring who you can learn from. Someone you admire, someone you trust, someone who is genuine. Most people are flattered and happy to help, you just need to ask. Here is an Inc. article for your review, “How To Find A Business Mentor”. Ask your boss, how they can help. If you seek professional development as a resolution, your company should be supportive, find out if there are classes/seminars/conferences available and if the company will pay a portion for you to attend; partner with a colleague who has the knowledge you seek for up-skilling.
Only 8% of people achieve their resolutions. I, for one, commit to three very specific resolutions (two personal and one professional), and I intend [with every fiber of my being] to be part of the 8% achievers in 2016. I wish everyone the best of luck in 2016. Here’s to a happy, healthy, safe, and productive year!