A recent headline in U.S. News & World Report doesn’t exactly inspire confidence as we head into 2016. It’s titled, “Why 80 Percent of New Year’s Resolutions Fail.” The story acknowledges that most people have good intentions when they make their resolutions, but…:
Come the first of January, the hoards of enthusiastic resolutions-ers account for the swelling number of gym, yoga and Pilates memberships as the diet books fly off the book store shelves. By the second week of February, some 80 percent of those resolution-ers are back home with a new kind of remorse staring back at them in the mirror – the remorse of disappointment.
Why do so many resolutions fail? A recent Time Magazine article says the problem may be in the timing. In other words, you can’t make the resolution tonight or tomorrow. You need to give yourself time to prepare.
The reason that resolutions fail is that people don’t put in enough effort to allow them to succeed. The things we resolve to change in our lives are generally the systematic failures in our lives. For instance, people often resolve to get in shape, stop smoking or drinking, or get more serious about establishing a career. But even if you want to make a change, it is not easy to make systematic changes in your behavior. We have habits that get in the way of achieving our goals.
So – how can we break the chain as we head toward 2016? NewsMax Health has five tips for keeping resolutions.
- Set specific goals. Instead of “I want to eat better,” say ‘I will eat five servings of fruit and vegetables every day.”
- Monitor your actions. Keep track of what you are doing. Mark every workout on a calendar.
- Eliminate barriers. If you want to go to the gym in the morning, then lay your clothes out the night before.
- Recruit a support team. Ask friends and family members to provide support.
- Treat your actions. Reward yourself for making your resolution a habit.
You can also resolve to help us in the new year. Our vision is to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation and we’d love to have you give us a hand to reach that lofty goal! More on how you can help in the weeks ahead. For now – we want to wish you a safe, happy, and healthy new year. See you in 2016!