Making New Year’s Resolutions is a common practice. More people make resolutions than watch the Super Bowl – and Number 1 on the list is to “lose weight.” Staying healthy also makes the top 10 list, coming in at about number 6.
Be Specific With your Weight Loss GoalsYou start out with terrific intentions, but only 8 percent – about 1 in 12 people actually keep New Year’s Resolutions and, in fact, some psychologists say that we actually set ourselves up for failure. Some of the reasons for failure include:
- Making multiple resolutions. Face it – you can’t put more effort on health, work, family, money, and charity all at the same time. If you could focus on all those things at once, you already would have. One key to making a successful resolution is to limit it to one area.
- Making resolutions too general. You can’t win at “be more successful” but you can win at “find a new job.” It is hard to win at “lose weight” but you can win at “lose 10 pounds in 3 months.” Making a resolution more specific can help you meet the goal.
- Making the goal too big. It is much easier to make a goal set in small steps. Hard to face “Have an extra $1000 in my savings” or “lose 50 pounds” but “save $100 per month” or “lose 5 pounds in the next month” might be easy.
- Losing sight of the goal. Again – if the goal is too far away, you may lose interest. You can be more successful if you celebrate small successes and keep your focus on what you can do today to meet your goal and if you fall off that horse – get right back up because the year isn’t over!