According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, those who set New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to actually change their behavior than people who don’t make these yearly goals.
Some of the most common resolutions include losing weight, adopting a healthier diet, exercising regularly, making better financial choices, and spending more time with family.
Around 12% of people who make New Year’s resolutions felt that they were successful in achieving their goals. Here are some of our tips to help you stick to your resolutions this year!
1- Focus on one resolution
Many people often make the mistake of trying to achieve too much. The chances of success are greater when you channel your energy into changing just one aspect of your behavior.
2- Plan ahead
Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolution. Last minute decisions tend to be based on what is on your mind at that time. Instead, take some time out a few days before and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.
3- Avoid previous resolutions
Deciding to revisit a past resolution can set you up for frustration and disappointment. Try choosing something new, or approach an old resolution in a new way.
4- Make it personal
Think about what you really want out of life. What is your passion? What is your purpose? How do you want to spend your time?
“Rather than state your resolution as ‘I have to…’ or ‘I must…,’ say ‘I desire to….’ Then at the end of every day, name any way that you moved closer to what you desire.” – Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD, Founder and CEO of FMCA
5- Set S.M.A.R.T goals
Focus on creating goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time based (SMART). In Functional Medicine Health Coaching, we like to focus on creating bite-sized, measurable goals for each week. By mapping out step-by-step mini-goals, you will slowly but surely see them come to fruition. A great way to track progress is to make a note of your goals and stick to the plan.
“Set small goals. When you have a goal you’re working towards, it’s a lot easier to stay focused.” – Whitney Jones, 3X Ms Olympia Fitness Champion and fitness expert, on Instagram LIVE with FMCA
6- Celebrate your wins
Remember, change is a process. New habits take time to learn, and once in a while you might slip into old ways—and that’s okay! Having a solid support system can help you stay motivated and accountable. Camaraderie makes sticking to your resolution more fun, too. So, ideally, find a like-minded friend or loved one to join you in your goal.
Set yourself up for success this year! Get help reaching your goals with the support, guidance, and accountability of a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.
Published: December 30, 2021