How many New Year's resolutions have you made in your life? How many have you successfully accomplished? According to Psychology Professor John C. Norcross, Ph.D. of the University of Scranton, the estimate is that less than 10% of New Year's resolutions are actually achieved.
I know, I read these stats too and I can feel that the chances of me going to Chick-fil-a next year are still pretty high.
But honestly, I just don't want to go to Chick-fil-a anymore.
Them, frankly supporting homophobia isn't my cup of tea (or chicken sandwich, if we are being precise) and if I have to give up really, really good chicken for it? I guess I can deal.
I thought about it long and hard but I don't know how to change my craving for this particular brand of fast food so I looked through the internet and here I am, trying to help me, and all of us, actually stick to our resolutions for the new year.
I wish I could tell you that I found some special formula that can help us all keep those resolutions and just become more successful in life but I, unfortunately, don't.
If only life was that easy.
Which, to be honest, I'm guilty of. My resolutions are usually pretty high up the scale, mostly cause I live with the motto "shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" which is definitely not supposed to be used in this particular situation.
Using specific, science-backed resolutions, you can boost your chances of successfully transforming your life in the New Year. This basically means that if you want to, like let's say exercise more, you need to find the specifics of what you want to change: do you want to add more cardio in your workout or do you want to add more leg training; you also need to find a time you would most likely be able to undertake this new habit that you are trying to make.
The more specific and personal you make a resolution, the more likely you are to stick with it.
Another equally important thing to do is to tell someone about your goals so you are accountable for what you said you would do. It's even better if you can find another person to try to achieve the goal with, like a workout buddy, so this keeps your motivation high even after January.
But essentially, resolutions are not just something you make for the new year. It should be something that is practiced continuously for we all can work to try to improve ourselves to become the best version of who we want to be.