‘…72.6 percent of goals are maintained within the first two weeks, but by midyear only 44.8 percent are still sustained.’
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Three tips to reach goals successfully
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — As the new year rolls around, people decide it is time for a change, and New Year’s resolutions are made. The gyms get fuller, nicotine patches fly off the shelf and everyone suddenly wants to get a copy of Rosetta Stone to finally brush up on that foreign language they forgot in high school.
This is not a new concept. The tradition goes back about 4,000 years, according to www.history.com. The ancient Babylonians were the first to set goals for the next rotation around the sun in a 12-day long festival called Akitu.
The celebration began in March when the crops were planted and their new year began. The ancient people made promises to the gods to pay off their debts and return borrowed objects.
New Year’s resolutions have been made around the world ever since, eventually making their way into modern day living.
According to www.statisticsbrain.com 41 percent of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution, with the most common goal to be to eat healthier/lose weight.
But most resolutions go unresolved. The same websites states 72.6 percent of goals are maintained within the first two weeks, but by midyear only 44.8 percent are still sustained.
Why do nearly half of all resolutions fail before summer even comes to a close?
According to ‘Psychology Today’ making a resolution is basically trying to rewire your brain.
‘…habitual behavior is created by thinking patterns that create neural pathways and memories, which become the default basis for your behavior when you’re faced with a choice or decision,” the article states. ‘Trying to change that default thinking by “not trying to do it,” in effect just strengthens it. Change requires creating new neural pathways from new thinking.’
There are many articles across the internet that offer a variety of solutions and tips to sticking to New Year’s resolutions.
According to the ‘New York Times,’ one way to stick to goals is to make sure the goal being set is realistic, meaningful and specific. Making sure the resolution is not too vague such as, “to be healthier because I am supposed to” but, “to lose 10 pounds in three months so I feel healthier” sets tangible milestones that are reachable and manageable. Trying to reach a goal for personal reasons will also make the resolution easier to stick to.
The website www.lifehacks.com suggests treating resolutions as a marathon, not a sprint. If the goal is to lose weight, crash dieting is not a long-term, effective solution to maintaining health, but rather slowly changing habits and lifestyles to incorporate a healthier view of food and exercise is a better, long-term solution.
It is important to try to stick to only one resolution. According to CBS News, setting multiple goals can be overwhelming and is a set up for failure. Attempting to quit smoking, earning to juggle, and trying to go vegan all in one co can be too much, instead just focus on smoking cessation.
Setting one goal that benefits one’s life will make it easier to succeed in New Year’s resolutions.