Each January, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. About a third of those resolve to lose weight, eat healthier, save money, make new friends, and/or travel.
DORA — Each January, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. About a third of those resolve to lose weight, eat healthier, save money, make new friends, and/or travel.
Each new year is a fresh start and it’s a great time to make changes in one’s life. The problem is, over 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by Valentine’s Day.
Why do so people fail when it comes to New Year’s resolutions? The number one reason according to studies is that people try to tackle too much too fast. According to an article in Forbes Magazine published in 2011, the average person has so many competing priorities that this type of approach is doomed to failure. Essentially, shooting for the moon can be so psychologically daunting, you end up failing to launch in the first place. So, it’s better to start off with baby steps, according to the article.
Another problem is that people don’t track and measure their progress. When they get off track, they don’t do a course correction to get back on track, they throw up their hands and quit.
Experts say that resolutions should be specific. Instead of saying you’re going to get more exercise in 2019, say, “I’m going to a yoga or spin class every Tuesday.”
Another tip is to get support from family and friends. This would be a good use of Facebook. Tell your friends that you haven’t eaten a cheeseburger and fries in six weeks.”
The Daily Mountain Eagle shared a message on Thursday asking for volunteers to share one of their New Year’s resolutions. Several people responded.
Here are a few:
•Billie Sue Moon of Dora said one of her New Year’s resolutions is to be more accepting of people and situations which are principles that Jesus taught.
• “I plan to focus more time on my family,” said Emily Ford. “Too often, I find myself rushing to get through the day,” she said. Ford wants to slow down and spend quality time with my husband and two children in 2019.
•Paige Abner, principal of Dora High School, has developed a new attitude towards resolutions. She’s following the advice offered by Jon Gordon (a leader in the field of leadership.)
“I plan to choose a word to offer as my theme for the year,” Abner said. The word she focused on last year was “HOPE.” Hopefulness will carry you far, according to Abner. This year she chose “REFLECTION.” “Reflection allows most of us to look at ourselves and determine improvements that need to be made,” Abner said.
The bottom line, sticking to New Year’s resolutions takes willpower. When people fail, they say, “I don’t have the willpower to succeed.” Studies suggest that willpower is malleable. Essentially, whether you believe you have the willpower to stick to your resolutions or whether you think you lack the willpower, you are right.
To recap, below are five tips to help you keep your 2019 New Year’s resolutions:
1) Be specific/realistic.
2) Avoid repeating past failures.
3) Remember it takes time to change.
4) Don’t let small failures get you off track.
5) Get support from your family and friends.