Down with New Year’s Resolutions

Up with End of the Year Resolutions

end-of-year-resolution-new-yearsRoughly 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. 39 percent of people in their twenties achieve their resolution each year. 14 percent of people over 50 achieve their resolution each year.  Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology

Does this mean that the older we are, the more likely we are to fail? The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and as we learn – as we age and our metabolism and habits change, losing weight and keeping it off is challenging. More and more information is coming to light about diet, lifestyle and neuroscience – so let’s not count the old folks out yet!

Notice the word – explicitly. One key to obtaining any goal is getting explicit and precise about what we want to accomplish. The more precise and measurable the goal, the greater our chance of success of achieving it. I see this everyday in helping clients set and obtain goals.

Here’s my question on December 31, 2014 – Why wait until tomorrow to make a resolution? Set an end of the year resolution today. —- In the next 14 hours, I will___________. Once you accomplish your end of the year resolution, just continue it throughout next year!

Give me a call, it’s not too late to achieve your end of the year goals for 2015! (231) 838-2568