New year’s resolutions.
Over 60% of us set them, with ‘losing weight’ and ‘exercising more’ topping the list year on year.
But over 20% of resolutions are failed within a week and only 8% of people keep and achieve their resolutions. So, where’s it all going wrong?
The most common reasons for failing our resolutions include:
Going at it alone
Setting unachievable goals
Giving up too easily
No plan to implement it
So, we’ve asked Team Rugged to give you their tried and tested tips for sticking to new year’s resolutions so that you can proudly count yourself in the 8% of people that stick to theirs in 2019.
Bella’s tip: Tell someone about it
By telling someone your goals for the new year, it makes the goal more real, and you’ll be more likely to follow it through and stick at it for longer. Plus, you can always get them to check in on your progress!
Daniel’s tip: Make it a challenge
There is no point in setting yourself an easy resolution or perhaps one you already do. Make sure your resolution challenges you in some way. Instead of ‘run for 10 minutes a week’ make it ‘go to the gym for 30 minutes, 3 times a week’. A resolution is meant to change your life for the better, so set your sights high.
Harry’s tip: Buddy up
Set goals with friends and family. You’ll find that you motivate each other to continue with the goal you’ve both set. You’ll also find that you don’t want to let your buddy down - you’re doing it for more than just you now.
Lucy’s tip: Schedule and record it
Particularly when it comes to exercise or fitness, schedule it into your diary. Just like a coffee with friends or a dinner out, make it a concrete plan and you’ll be less likely to cancel. Keeping a record ensures you’re making a conscious commitment of what you want to achieve.
Simon’s tip: Send yourself a postcard
Write down your resolutions on a postcard in December and send it to yourself for arrival on or after 2nd January. It’ll act as a prompt reminder of what you’re aiming to achieve that year.
Will’s tip: Set specific short and long-term goals
Setting specific short-term goals towards a longer-term goal is a great way of breaking resolutions down into manageable chunks. For example, a poor goal would be “I want to exercise more”. It’s not specific and it isn’t measurable. In comparison, a few specific short-term goals would be “I will exercise for 30 minutes 3 times a week”, “I will cycle to work (weather permitting)”, with the long-term goal being “I want to run a half-marathon in June”.
New year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone, but they’re a great way of setting goals for the year ahead and initiating change. So, whether your new year’s resolution is to try something new, exercise more or spend less time on your phone, make it something that’s important to you, be specific and don’t give up at the first hurdle.
2019 – you’ve got this.
by Lucy Manley