It appears that the older we get, the less likely we are to achieve our resolutions. Do we ever reach a point where we just give up? I sure hope not. Does that mean if you are over 50, 60 or 70 you shouldn’t bother setting New Year’s resolutions? According to Statisticbrain.com if you are in your 20’s, the odds of you succeeding actually are much higher, almost 40 percent. Less than 50% are still adhering to their resolution 6 months later and only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolution.
If you do resolve to make changes in the New Year select a couple of the following ideas to take action on.
Take a nap
- Rather than state a general goal like getting more sleep , set a sleep target and identify specific actions or steps you can take every day to help you achieve your goal – get to bed no later than 10:00 p.m. weeknights and enjoy a nap Sunday afternoon.
Get a dog
- Rather than join a gym, get a dog and go for two walks a day for the next 10 years.
Change things up
- Comfort with things we know and do out of routine can keep us “trapped’ in bad habits. Rather than go to the same sandwich place for lunch every day, pack a healthy lunch and go for a 30 minute walk while you eat. Get some fresh air and exercise while burning calories and eating your lunch.
Don’t set targets
- Don’t link your goals to a specific date – make them a daily practice or life-style change.
Get an accountability buddy
- Make yourself accountable to someone that will support and encourage you. Don’t get a nagger though. Select someone that you respect and don’t want to disappoint. This will provide extra motivation and self-discipline to achieve your objectives.
Easy does it
- Take small steps that are achievable. A sense of accomplishment, small successes and little wins set the tone for big achievements.
If you mess up, start again
- If you fail or have a setback, which you likely will, brush it off, and accept that failure and recovery is part of achieving your goals and changing your habits. Don’t wait a year to start again if you slip up. Create a list of your resolutions and goals and review them every week.
- Celebrate your success and achievements! Reward yourself with something that you really enjoy. Mini indulgences of a meal at your favorite restaurant, a glass of champagne, new sunglasses or upgrading your smart phone are all ideas to consider.
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” – Napoleon Hill
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