The 2015 festive season is bound to wave goodbye, as another year is set to unfurl. And for the nth time you are still out of shape, plagued with bad habits and you are again going to make another New Year resolutions. Although it sounds good making resolutions and at least you had tried, getting results is still very important since your health and well-being are at stake.
Many of us already made it a habit to come up with a vow to get rid of our bad habits and to live better. As per the study dished out by the University of Scranton, around 50% make New Year’s resolutions when January sets in.
Setting up pledges is no longer surprising, although it is quite surprising to know that many focus on failure rate.
In reality, many had achieved their goals. According to the poll that was conducted by Marist, 59 percent who pledged in 2014 were successful. The findings of the study that was carried out by University of Scranton stated that 46 percent of the folks who made New Year’s resolutions endured the six-month period.
About 33 percent of the resolutions that were made are linked to money. There’s good news though, with regards to money, financial resolutions appear to be easier to attain as compared to other prominent self-improvement pledges.
In a poll performed by Fidelity Investments, 42 percent of the respondents find it relatively easier to pay down debt and save more money for retirement than losing weight or giving up smoking. Of all the people who made a financial vow in 2014, 29 percent attained their aim. Fidelity also discovered that only 12 percent of the vows that are connected to health and fitness were successful.
Regardless of what transformation you are going to make in 2017, there are three surefire ways to enhance your chance of achieving your goals.
- Make up your mind up – Folks who clearly make vows have 10 times better chances of achieving their goals than those who are not clear on their aims said professor John Norcross who is at the helm of a separate study that was conducted by the University of Scranton. After a period of six months, 46 % of individuals who yearned to improve their behavior and made a vow were successful as opposed to just 4% of folks who lingered to make improvements but didn’t make a vow.
- Be precise – Folks who make unclear aims have greater odds of failing. Be a goal-oriented and list down your strategies in order to pull through.
- Keep a log – One of the important ways to stick to your New Year’s vow is to monitor your progress. About 60% of those people who set an aim discover that making improvements can be motivating and inspiring. As per the finding of the study conducted by University of Washington, tracking your performance will enable you to stick to your goals further.