Sticking to your New Years resolutions

While the coming of the new year brings a time for self-reflection and setting goals for 2017, the numbers indicate that most New Year’s resolutions are destined to fail.

Forty-five percent of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions, and only eight percent of them are successful in achieving them, according to a recent StatisticBrain survey. According to that survey, just under half of those who make resolutions have infrequent success, and nearly a quarter never succeed and fail on their resolution each year.

The top resolutions for last year, in order, were losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more money, enjoying life to the fullest, staying fit and healthy, learning something exciting, quit smoking, help others in their dreams, fall in love and spend more time with family, according to the data from StatisticBrain.

What is the key to being among the eight percent of Americans who achieve their New Year’s resolutions? According to a news release from Colusa County Director of Behavioral Health Terence Rooney, there are a few tips to take to help resolution-makers stick to their 2017 goals:

Be Clear

You want to be healthier? Take the time to figure out what that means to you. Maybe you want to focus on your mental health so you resolve to practice breathing exercises for 20 minutes every day before you go to sleep.

Be Realistic

If you are a very busy person and your resolution is to exercise more, then know your limits. It may not be ideal to promise yourself to exercise for an hour, 7 days a week. Instead you may want to commit to using half of your lunch time to taking a walk, or signing up for a Zumba class a few days a week. This way you are being proactive and are being mindful of your time.

Be consistent

Most people give up on their resolution after only one month! However, research suggests that in order to form a habit that will stick, you must be consistent for 66 days.

Be kind to yourself

Failure is part of the process! If you are consistent for 10 days and forget one day, KEEP GOING! Things will come up because life happens, but the im-portant things is not to give up and to stay motivated, remind yourself why you’re doing it and keep striving for success.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net