Popular goals include resolutions to:
- Improve health: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking
- Improve finances: get out of debt, save money
- Improve career: get a better job
- Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language ormusic)
- Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent
- Take a trip
- Volunteer to help others
Recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.
Tips to keep your New Year's resolution
First, plan for success. What do you want to achieve first, second, third, and have a plan laid out in order of importance.
Once you have that in place, don't procrastinate, and don't live by the motto "Don't sweat the details today, you can always start tomorrow." Instead tell yourself "Let's start now, we can always play later."
Also, have rewards in place so that once you've achieved a goal you can have that reward ready.
Give yourself time to adjust. Changes don't happen overnight. If you overwhelm yourself, you may not be successful, so take it one day at a time.
Having a buddy always helps, that way you'll have someone else motivating you and you can remind each other to stick to your goals.
Finally, don't give up. When the going gets tough, just keep going and remind yourself these goals you're setting will benefit you in the long run.