We do it every year; we make a resolution and then we fail and we wait until the new year to try it again. Statistics show that 40 to 45 percent of American adults make one or more resolutions each year and almost 30 percent of those have given up after two weeks. USA.gov reports that the top resolutions are to drink less, get a better education, get a better job, lose weight, and manage debt. Only 46 percent keep these resolutions after 6 months.
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If you would like to make a resolution this year that you can actually stick to, try out these ideas:
- Be realistic by setting achievable goals. Winning the lottery, for example, is out of your grasp.
- Describe your resolutions in specific terms. Instead of “I don’t want to be lazy,” opt for “I want to exercise regularly” or “I will cut down on my television watching.”
- Get somebody to be your resolution buddy. Hold each other accountable when you’re tempted to give up.
- Break down large goals into smaller ones. For instance, commit to losing weight by resolving to join a gym and improve your eating habits.
- Find alternatives to a behavior that you want to change, and make this part of your resolution plan. So you want to quit smoking, but you smoked to relax yourself? What other forms of relaxation are available to you?
- Pick something realistic. Don’t choose something out of your control such as “I’m going to get that promotion this year,” but something that you can actually achieve.
- Above all, aim for things that are truly important to you, not what you think you ought to do or what others expect of you.
Statistics taken from http://proactivechange.com/resolutions/statistics.htm
Resolution-making ideas from http://www.ehow.com/how_12077_new-years-resolutions.html and http://gawker.com/5720727/how-to-make-every-new-years-resolution-stick-for-good