Only about 8% of Americans that set New Year’s resolutions are truly able to keep them. Unrealistic expectations and lack of social support are two of the most common reasons for failing to meet goals. The good news is, there are things you can do to re-frame your goals and increase your chances of success.
This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts discussing the reasons why New Year’s Resolutions fail and what to do instead.
Harvard Psychologist Explains The Major Reason New Year's Resolutions Fail. Huffington Post. "People are making absolute statements about what they're going to do, and that's setting them up for failure immediately,…because they're not always going to go to the gym three times a week."
Why People Can't Keep Their New Year's Resolutions. Psychology Today. “Researchers have looked at success rates of peoples' resolutions: The first two weeks usually go along beautifully, but by February people are backsliding. And by the following December most people are back where they started—often even further behind. Why do so many people not keep their resolutions? Are people just weak-willed or lazy?”
How to make your New Year's resolution last one year, not one month. Science Daily. "If you start with lofty goals, it's easy to become discouraged if you don't meet those goals right away," said Emily Mailey, assistant professor of kinesiology in the College of Human Ecology. "Start by trying to do something once or twice a week for short durations of about 10 to 15 minutes. Then you can build up from there. This way you can set yourself up to be successful."
12 More Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions. Psych Central. “Be specific. Don’t resolve to “Make more friends” or “Strengthen friendships” because that’s too vague…I have several very concrete resolutions like: “Start a group,” “Remember birthdays,” “Say hello,” “Make plans,” “Show up,” and “No gossip.””