The new year is officially here, and like every new year that came before, many of us have pushed those seemingly difficult goals to the next year and made it our New Year’s resolutions. For some, it’s to start something, for others, it’s to quit what they shouldn’t have started. But whatever it is, a resolution convicted at the beginning of the year is a powerful propeller that can convince most that this is the day to make that long desired change.
In reality, according to statistics by the University of Scranton, only 8% of people who set new year resolutions achieve them. So in this article, I will walk you through how you can finally stick to those New Year resolutions. I’ll share some great resources that have helped me, and end by talking about what your status quo should be based on last year’s pandemic. But before that, a quick story:
On the 31st of December last year, I was at the gym and it was like a graveyard. If you frequent a gym, you’d know that for this time of year this is not unusual, so I wasn’t surprised. But fast-forward to the 3rd of January, every station was filled and all machines used. The gym looked like Election Day.
What changed between the 31st and 3rd?
What magical epiphany happened within 3 days that got an almost-empty gym overflowing with people?
Some would say the answer is clear – a New Years resolution. But how come, as past years and trends have shown, 60-80% of them will drop off as the year goes on? Using this as a case study, below I share three ways to stick to a year-long resolution and not let go like my bros will.