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.
Thanks Wikipedia! With such a low success rate, I’m suprised this continues to be a tradition. And apparently:
Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year’s resolutions
So I thought I share my thoughts and New Year’s Resolutions. First I want to share what my boss told me:
Boss: I spoke with some friends about New Year’s Resolution and they said they are going to do achievable resolutions. My friend Leonard‘s last year’s resolution was to buy curtains and he did it. It was something he didn’t own because every place he lived in had something but it was something he wanted and has been meaning to get.
BOOM! Mind blowing, right? Setting a resolution you can actually achieve and be happy with. Imagine that! This got me to thinking about what’s wrong with most resolutions; they are too abstract.
Here’s a list of the most popular resolutions
Improve well-being (i.e LOSE WEIGHT)
|Improve well-being||Ride my stationary bike 10 minutes a day|
|Be more creative||Design 5 print pieces to sell on Etsy|
|Finish decorating/furnishing our home||Buy a credenza for the dining room|
|Finish decorating/furnishing our home||Paint/Draw and frame 5 pictures to be hung on walls|
|Volunteer more||Continue working with Activated Spaces and find 5 places I would like to volunteer and choose one|
Notice how 5 is my go to number and how there are 5 resolutions listed. I’m try to accomplish just one of these resolutions and if I do I will feel succesful. If I complete one early, I may go on to the next one but I’m not going to feel terrible if I don’t.