Lose 5 pounds this year? Spend more time with your family? Find a new job? Millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, but relatively few are successful in keeping them. This is evidenced by a 2007 study conducted by British psychologist Richard Wiseman who found that 88% of all resolutions end in failure. Not surprisingly, very little research has been published on the reasons why people are successful or unsuccessful with keeping New Year’s resolutions. However, that hasn’t kept a number of pundits from offering suggestions on improving your likelihood of success. The following are some of the most practical recommendations that I have come across:
- Make one resolution only. Don’t make the mistake of trying to achieve too much. For example, it makes little sense to try to quit smoking and lose weight at the same time. This is a formula for failure.
- Be as specific as possible. Instead of saying, you want to lose weight, aim for a specific amount of weight (e.g. one pound) each week. Read More