Have you kept your new year’s resolution? Even though they seem fun to do, new year’s resolutions rarely seem to get followed through. A research in 2013 from the University of Scranton found that of the 40% of Americans who give themselves a “New Year’s Resolution” goal, only 8% percent of the population actually completes it.
Actually, giving yourself a goal like this every year could be a good thing.
Why do people fail at completing their set goals?
Studies have shown how the brain works in situations like this, and it shows that there is a bigger denial for completing tasks that appear to be long and hard to do.
So if you want to make a list here are some tips, to help you in your choices:
- Don’t make a huge bucket list
- Make a short list
- Put things you can do on a daily basis
And here is a short list of the more popular goals to set for each new year:
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Quit smoking
- Go to the gym
- Quit drinking
This way it will be easier for you to start doing these things, and as you do them it will be easier to keep it going. New year’s resolutions can be a great thing as long as you work on them and actually try to achieve them.
From a quick informal poll around the school with the ten students, the majority saying, “I did make a short new year’s resolutions list, but I didn’t complete them”. While the majority didn’t complete their list, some others did complete them, saying, “I did set myself some goals for this new year, and I am actually completing them.”