It’s almost 2020… the end of a decade!

What are your new year’s resolutions? More importantly, what is a new year’s resolution…does anyone even make them anymore?

Rules are meant to be broken, but a good resolution isn’t a rule.
‘A New Year’s resolution is a promise a person makes for the New Year’. It’s a pact you make with yourself – a firm decision to do, or not to do something. Researchers say about 60 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions but only 8 percent are successful in achieving them.

Is your resolution in your head or written down?
Is it new, or recycled from last year? A great resolution is to ditch bad habits and replace them with good, healthier ones…
Post your resolution / goals on your fridge, or your bathroom mirror. Write or journal them down, to help you to look back and reflect on your progress.

There’s no fun or reward in doing something that doesn’t spark joy. That’s just time and energy wasted! Check in with yourself regularly, so as to reassess your goal as the weeks and months pass.

“Change is hard. We are creatures of habit”. June Kloubec, Ph.D. (a professor in the department of nutrition and exercise science at Bastyr University. Experts like Kloubec, who work with people to get past barriers and make lasting changes, know that the kinds of things that can hold people back from reaching their goals, may crop up before they’ve even attempted to change a thing.

365 days can start on any day of the year…The date that your goal(s) start is important; but not as important as sticking to, and achieving the result. Just make it actionable; be sure of what you WANT (to achieve), and…share it!

Tell your best friend!

Sharing your New Year’s resolution and making your goals known to someone makes you more accountable, so it’s harder to back out.

 According to a survey of 2,000 people, these are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions (as at 1 January 2019):

  • Diet or eat healthier (71 percent)
  • Exercise more (65 percent)
  • Lose weight (54 percent)
  • Save more and spend less (32 percent)
  • Learn a new skill or hobby (26 percent)
  • Quit smoking (21 percent)
  • Read more (17 percent)
  • Find another job (16 percent)
  • Drink less alcohol (15 percent)
  • Spend more time with family and friends (13 percent)

Regardless of what resolution you commit to, the goal, is to improve life in the coming, happy, New Year.