We’re now just a few days into January as I write this. How are the resolutions going? Are you sticking to them or are your good intentions already losing the war with the miserable January weather?
Many people fail to keep their New Year's resolutions. (Image source: Envato Elements)
Whether you’re cruising along or are already on the point of giving up, let’s look at why your New Year's resolutions sometimes fail. Then we'll explore some key strategies that'll teach you how to stick to your New Year resolutions.
Why Do New Year's Resolutions Fail?
If you're wondering “how long do New Year's resolutions last?” the answer for most of us is “not long.”
The vast majority of people fail to stick to their resolutions. The number of people who fail to keep their resolutions varies depending on which statistics you're looking at. Somewhere between 8% (according to Forbes) and 20% (according to U.S.
News & World Report) of us actually achieve them: that means that between 80% to 92% of people are willing to admit at year’s end that they didn’t achieve what they set out to do.
I’d say the number is even higher when you factor in the people who won’t admit they failed or succeeded at a much lower goal.
This failure isn’t just an issue with New Year’s resolutions. It’s a general problem with goals. People are really bad at sticking to them once the initial flush of excitement wears off. A big part of the problem is that people are really really
7 Ways To Write New Years Resolutions And Stick To Them
The coming of a new year is the perfect time to take stock of your life, and decide whether it’s going where you want it to go. Chances are, you have room for improvement. (We all do) But how do you make it happen?
You know that if you keep doing the same stuff you’ve always done, you’re only going to get the same results you’ve always gotten.
Yet change is hard! Waking up with motivation, trying to force yourself to get up extra early and exercise… to leave off the desserts… to quit your job and become an English teacher in Taipei… or whatever it is you want to do with your life, is easier said than done.
Chances are, you tried that last year. If it worked, great! You know exactly what to do. If it didn’t, then that’s probably why you’re reading this. Never fear. There is hope. There is a 7-step formula to writing your New Years resolutions that won’t just make you stick to them, it will make sticking to them easy and convenient!
You’ll find yourself coming up with ways to stick to your resolutions almost without thinking about it. In fact, this formula has been used for over 40 years by people who — as long as they followed every step — found themselves getting everything they ever wanted.
1. Write your new year resolutions down
Write each new year resolution down, on paper.
Not sure how to write an effective resolution? Here’s what you do.
78 Classic New Years Resolution Ideas for 2019
- The new year is quickly approaching and this is around about the time when we’ll all start thinking of our new years resolutions and how we can better ourselves in the new year.
- This article is all about new years resolution ideas for 2019, but still keeping it related to the areas we write about on Wealthy Gorilla.
- Writing a generic list for resolution ideas would be incredibly long, and would probably leave you with some odd looking ideas.
The Best New Years Resolutions for 2019
So instead, this list of 78 classic new years resolutions is split into 6 different categories: Career, Self Development, Business, Relationships, Health and Life.
Believe it or not, I managed to cross off at least 10 of these resolutions last year, so don’t just stick to one idea.
New Years Resolutions: Your Career
Here’s a list of possible new years resolutions related to your career:
1. Give more effort at work
Can you honestly say you’re putting in 100% effort at work? Make an attempt to bring back that spark and give your all with every task you complete at the office. Do more than you get paid for and you’ll eventually get paid more than you do.
2. Earn more money
Earning more money is a goal most people have. Make 2017 your year to achieve it, by whatever means you can. Look for a higher paying job, start a business on the side and so on.
3. Change career paths
Currently in a career that you just don’t enjoy? Is there something that you’d just love to do for a living but haven’t quite been able to yet? Now’s the time to promise yourself you’ll do everything you can to change career paths.
4. Gain a qualification
Qualifications can help you advance in your career, or even get you a job in the first place. But they can also improve your knowledge in a specific area that you’re interested in learning about.
5. Find a job your passionate about
A job that your passionate about will majorly stem from the job role itself, but also factors in the company your working for, the environment you’re working in and the people you’re working with.
6. Achieve a promotion
How long’s it been since your last promotion? Are you going to do everything you can to get one this year?