Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick: 5 Top Tips From The Experts
Posted: January 20, 2019
“New Year, New Me!” It’s a slogan that has become so familiar that it’s almost a cliche this time of year, with a torrent of jokes and memes on social media to drive the point home. Most people fail to keep their resolutions, often giving up completely by the time Summer rolls around. As many as 88% of resolutioners are said to abandon the change they sought in January, with as many as 43% lasting less than one month!
Still, science tells us that the new year is a great time to make positive changes in our lives because we are able to dissociate ourselves from our previous habits and better envision ourselves with new patterns and new beginnings. There is a reason why the new year has been a time of goal-setting and vision-casting ever since the ancient Babylonians, thousands of years ago. And with the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions involving health and fitness, it’s never a better time than NOW to find expert tips for success!
Beware of the New Year’s Resolution’s Trap!
Posted: December 25, 2018
So it’s that time again…the end of one year and beginning of a new one! At Star, we love using this time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the next. For us, there is a big difference between New Year’s Resolutions and New Year’s Goal Setting. There’s no secret on the statistics of how short-lived New Year’s Resolutions are. Most aren’t kept through the end of the first week of January and definitely not through the end of the month! But why?
Our theory is the timeline. Goals are understood to be a process. Most know that if you set a goal, it’s going to take time. New Year’s Resolutions, however, are expected to have an abrupt start, usually January 1st, and continue indefinitely. By setting a New Year’s Resolution, you are asking yourself to change deep-seeded habits within 24 hours. You are asking yourself to accomplish your “goal” within 24 hours. Then expecting yourself to continue hitting that goal every day until it becomes a habit. At STAR, we are all about self-discipline, but that sounds more like an unnatural superpower! The usual result is that you not only fall back into your old habits, but feel so badly about the process that you don’t try again until the next year!