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10 Jan 2019

New Year, New You? Happy 2019!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

 

Another year has just began and that’s the time when many of us are going to make (if not yet) New Year’s Resolutions. Statistically only 1 of 13 people is successful in achieving them. We all hope that the new year is going to be a much better one especially if the previous year was a tough one. I know that I am one of those people who hope for the best.

 

What do you think are the most popular New Year’s resolutions?

Here are the top 10 New Year's resolutions according to inc.com’s survey of 2,000 people:

  1. Diet or eat healthier (71 percent)
  2. Exercise more (65 percent)
  3. Lose weight (54 percent)
  4. Save more and spend less (32 percent)
  5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26 percent)
  6. Quit smoking (21 percent)
  7. Read more (17 percent)
  8. Find another job (16 percent)
  9. Drink less alcohol (15 percent)
  10. Spend more time with family and friends (13 percent)

Those are all great goals but why are we failing them every year? The one reason could be that the goals we are setting are too ambitious. Unfortunately people do not realize that in order to achieve those goals you have to make a commitment and start small.

If you plan on quitting smoking  - do not just stop smoking at the moment. It has to be a process. If you smoke 7 cigarettes a day reduce it to 6, then to 5 and so on until you are READY to quit completely.

Is your goal clear? You have better chances to achieve your goal if your goal is specific. Examples of GOOD GOALS:

  • I want to save $5000 this year vs I want to save money this year
  • I want to lose 6 lbs before summer vs I want to lose weight
  • I will start walking/running 3 times a week vs I want to exercise more.

We work better when we have a clear mind. More over, those goals are measurable. Since you can measure the results, every little accomplishment (saved $500, ran 2 miles, lost 2 lb) will motivate you to do even MORE.

I’m no different in my New Year’s resolutions. I want to eat healthier, -finally- start going tothegym and save X amount of money.

What’s YOUR New Year’s resolution and how are you planning to achieve it?

- Violetta