Many of you probably made a resolution or two at the beginning of the year. So how are those resolutions going now? Hopefully you’re still on track and your resolution is becoming a habit and starting to stick.
But if instead you’ve fallen off the wagon already, you’re in good company. Statistics show that within two weeks of creating a resolution, nearly half of well-meaning resolution makers have thrown in the towel and accepted defeat. By the end of the year, 92% of us have been knocked down for the count. Resolutions are brutal little mongrels.
So what are the top ten resolutions of 2019? According to a YouGov poll, these are the most common aspirations for the coming year and it’s likely that one of these may look familiar to you.
- Exercise more
- Eat healthier
- Save money
- Lose weight
- Reduce stress
- Stick to a budget
- Get more sleep
- Spend more time with family
- Learn a new skill
- Travel more
All of these look like great goals for the coming year. It’s a shame that so many of these will be neglected and forgotten so quickly. But there are a few things we can do to up the chance of success. According to a well thought out article written by Brad Zomick on GoSkills, there are 10 steps that will increase the likelihood of sticking to your goals for the new year.
- Mentally prepare for change
- Set a goal that motivates you
- Limit resolutions to a manageable amount
- Be specific
- Break up big goals into smaller goals
- Write down your goals
- Share your resolutions with others
- Automate where possible
- Review your resolution regularly
- If you fall off track, get back on quick
So, I wish you the best of luck as you fight the good fight to make the resolutions you’ve set become second nature. It’s definitely worth the effort.