If some of the most common resolutions that made every year are to lose weight, start exercising, quit smoking and save money, you would think someone would have come up with an easy solution to bring the success stats up from 8%! Help is here. Learning to apply your athletic mindset can help you be a positive statistic.First lets look at some interesting numbers from the University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology
|News Years Resolution Statistics||Data|
|Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions||45%|
|Percent who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions||17%|
|Percent who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions||38%|
|Percent who are successful in achieving their resolution||8%|
|Percent who have infrequent success||49%|
|Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year||24%|
- Take out a piece of paper and start writing. From that list pick your top five that you believe you can accomplish.
- Set SMART goals. S-specific, M-measureable, A-attainable, R-realistic, T-timely.
- SMART says… “I’m going to lose 15 pounds by eating better and exercising by March 15” rather than “I’m going to lose weight.”
- Write it down and post it on your bathroom mirror and refrigerator.
- Take small steps you can manage. If your goal is too big you may get frustrated and quit before you reach the goal line.
- Buddy-up. Find a friend that you can check in with weekly.
- It takes 21 days to change a habit… stick with it so you own that new habit!
- Be your own best cheerleader. Talk yourself into doing, going, being better than last year. You can do it!
- Look in the mirror, smile and tell yourself your worth the “new you.”
- Celebrate each small success along the way.