Every year after the sparkling ball has dropped in Times Square, the last flute of champagne has been drunk, and the last bit of confetti has fallen from the sky, people all over the world begin to make their New Year’s resolutions.
Some make promises to get healthier, while others want to stop a bad habit or improve their overall life. Whatever it may be, they’ll take those resolutions to heart for the first few weeks of January. But then sadly their hardcore determination begins to slip and by February, those resolutions are long forgotten.
In fact, research from the Statistic Brain Research Institute found that while 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent are actually successful in achieving them. And only 46 percent of resolution makers keep their promise going past the first six months of the year.
Why is it that New Year’s resolutions are so hard to keep? Experts say many times it’s because resolutions are too big and they become overwhelming. For instance, rather than saying “I want to lose weight,” set smaller goals to help you achieve that — “I will go to the gym twice a week,” “I will keep a food journal,” “I will focus on eating less sugar.”
A few years ago, I was part of the percentage of New Year’s resolution failures. Then last year I decided to listen to the experts and change my all-encompassing resolutions to more tangible goals. I was surprised at how much easier they were for me to meet throughout the year and now looking back at 2015, I’m very happy with how far I’ve come.
So this year I’m doing the same — the first two of my goals are ones I wish to continue from last year, and my third goal is one I’ve been wanting to do for a while now and I believe 2016 is the right time.
That being said, here are my New Year’s Goals for 2016:
- Focus on being the best “me” I can be, which means committing to having a healthy and strong mind, body, and mental attitude.
- Commit to trying something new every week, whether that be a new recipe, new exercise, or new karaoke song. To commit to never stop learning or growing, to never be in a rut, and to never be bored with all the wonders that life offers.
- Rekindle my love of volunteering by finding a new charity or organization to devote my time and talents to.
I hope that I’ve inspired you to set your own goals for the New Year — share them with us on our Facebook page. I wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2016!