Data collected by Strava, the popular social network for us athletes, has shown that most New Year’s resolutions won’t even make it 1 month, with Sunday 19th being the day all plans go out the window.
With all the pressure from social media setting unrealistic expectations has become the norm. According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton a whopping 80 percent of people fail to keep their New Years resolutions. So what can you do to make them stick this year.
Know Why You’re Doing It
If you don’t know why you’re doing it, when the initial New Year‘s motivation runs out what will keep you on track, nothing. Write it down, tell a friend or put on your fridge, do anything that will remind you why when you start to struggle.
Get Someone Else Involved
Undertaking a change is harder by yourself, so why not get a friend involved. You’ll be able to motivate each other and you’ll be more likely to carry on if someone else is depending on you for their own success. You could even turn it into a friendly competition to keep that motivation going even longer.
Start Small – Make It Realistic
Going to the gym everyday is an extremely popular New Year‘s resolution. But most will give up after a couple days. Rather than setting a goal of going to the gym every day for the whole year, start off by saying it’s everyday for one week. This sounds a lot easier that a year, so you’ll be more likely to actually stick to your goals.
Don’t Give Up So Easily
So many New Year‘s resolutions involve doing something everyday. But what happens when you inevitably miss a day. Most people will just give up, but rather than getting down about your failure what is stopping you from starting again the next day, nothing. A good rule of thumb is to never miss more than one day, then you can make sure you never get out of routine and lose your momentum.
Set Measurable Targets
Being able to visualise your progress is a great way to keep motivation high and stick to your goals. Why not put a calendar up and cross each day off that you stick to your resolutions. Or maybe you have a goal to swim every morning before work, count your lengths and write it down somewhere you can easily see, then watch those numbers increase at the weeks pass.