Have you made new years resolutions for 2017 yet?
Many of us use the time before the New Year to set goals for ourselves that are difficult to keep, be it losing weight, an exercise routine that proves too difficult to stick to come February, or a relationship goal that’s too obscure. In my case, I’d set a goal so difficult to measure that I’d probably feel like I failed even if I hadn’t. (To be completely honest, I’ve also skirted other resolutions involving getting super fit and lean.)
Most people make ‘em and break ‘em
Don’t despair, you’re in good — or at least abundant — company. Research shows that only 8% of people who have made a New Year’s resolution were able to meet their goal, according to a study from the University of Scranton
“Right from the getgo [a resolution] has failure and procrastination built into it,” says Timothy Pychyl, associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, in Canada, whose research focuses on procrastination.
Part of the problem is that we often choose the most unrealistic goals as resolutions under the false assumption that we can just “be a completely different person”. The problem is further exacerbated when we hear about the outsized goals that our friends and colleagues set during this time of year, along with the marketing messages around this cultural phenomenon.In reality, “changes happen in small steps over time”
So here are a few points to set yourself up for success:
1 If you’re serious about sticking to a goal in the New Year, start as soon as you can.
2 Setting simpler goals. It might seem like selling your goals short, but if you truly want to achieve a resolution, set one that’s easy to tackle from day one. Better yet find one you can scale up to a more difficult resolution. Like add a third day at the gym if you already go twice a week.
3 Rather than sticking to the same resolution, try a different approach that can strengthen self-discipline muscle and provide a sense of satisfaction with even the smallest success.
Developing self-discipline is a process. The more you start to accumulate success the more you start to see yourself differently.
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