Did you know… 45% of people make New Year’s Resolutions, but only 8% go on to achieve them?
The most common reason for failure is loss of motivation. More than 25% those who make New Year’s Resolutions will never make it past the first week. The holiday season ends, the inspiration perishes, leaving us thinking “Oh well, better luck next year.” As Einstein said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Something needs to change.
Ready to make the leap this year? In order to achieve your New Year’s Resolution, it is critical to find ways to stay motivated. Here are two simple things you can do to make it happen this year.
1) Make it attainable
Your New Year’s Resolution is nothing more than a daydream until you take the proper steps to make it attainable. Two simple things to focus on:
- Set a single clear goal: If you don’t know where you’re going, it’s really difficult to get there. Remove vagueness by attaching a number to your goal. “Lose ten pounds in two months” will get you much further than “eat healthier.”
- Set weekly goals: The initial motivation and excitement of your New Year’s Resolution will wear off. Replenish it by setting weekly goals and consistently completing them. Losing fifty pounds in 2014 is a bit daunting, losing one pound a week is more feasible.
2) Track your progress
“What gets measured, gets managed.” – Peter Drucker
Tracking your progress is the most critical (yet the most often ignored) factor to sticking to your resolution. With powerful tools such as Lift, Fitbit, and Stickk, you can set up a positive feedback loop: initial motivation produces results, which in turn motivates you more. Simply put, measurement = motivation.
So how many times do you have to log data before you get caught in the feedback loop? According to the Nike+ team, the creators of the Nike running app, the number is five:
If someone uploads only a couple of runs to the site, they might just be trying it out. But once they hit five runs, they’re massively more likely to keep running and uploading data. At five runs, they’ve gotten hooked on what their data tells them about themselves.
Set a single and clear goal, divide it into weekly goals, log it five times and you will reach your New Year’s Resolution.
My 2014 Resolution
My goal is to read 100 books in 2014. The average book is 64,000 words. At a pace of 450 words-per-minute, I need only to read 40 minutes per day. I will use the Lift app (mentioned above) to track my progress.
What about you?
Have you ever accomplished a New Years Resolution? How did you do it? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Have a happy, healthy holiday season and good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions!