#FAILFriday: New Years Resolutions

By: Austin Jensen

Well, 2013 is slowly leaving us.  I hope that you had an amazing year filled with no regrets, but I bet that around 45% of you are planning on how you can make 2014 even better!  This is called a New Years Resolution.  Normally, a New Years resolution is brought on by something that you think that you have failed at the previous year.  With a new year comes a FRESH start, right?  Let’s take a look at the failure of new years resolutions:

The top 5 New Years Resolutions from 2013 were: (Stats provided by Statistic Brain)

1) To shed some weight.

2) To get organized.

3) To save more money.

4) To enjoy life to the fullest.

5) To stay fit and healthy.

This is an interesting list, and not surprising at all.  I will admit that year after year I find myself hitting the gym more in January than any other month.   I will tell you later why I believe that I can’t stay committed, and why several other people are in the same boat.  First, we need to see some statistics on staying committed to your resolution.  Chances are that 75% of you were able to hang on through the first week of January.   This drops to 64% of people that actually make it to that one month mark.  Here is the true test of time though, the half year benchmark.  Only 46% of people who make resolutions actually make it a half year!

So why do people slip up and FAIL?  Well, from my research of reading past articles and reports…I think that it has to do with how specific your resolution is.  It is just like in the business world when it comes to goals and strategy.  Setting to vague of goals can be misleading and can leave room for excuses to be made.  An organizational goal works best when there is a specific strategy as to how that goal will be accomplished.  The same goes for you.  Telling yourself you plan to lose weight is extremely vague, and opens room for excuses.  Set a specific goal for yourself (ex. I will lose 3 lbs. per month throughout 2014).  You can even take it one step further and come up with a plan to achieve that goal each month.

The list of the top 5 resolutions proves exactly what I am talking about.  Anybody can say they plan to save more money in 2014, but what does that mean to you?  Where will you save it? What are you saving it for?  How much would you like to have saved?  What actions will you need to take in order to save more money?

So this year, when you are making your resolution make sure that it is something achievable, and that you have a strategy to keep yourself on course throughout 2014!  This year we turn a new leaf and lower the resolution failure rate!  I will check back in one year to see how you did, and let you know how my new years resolution went.  Let’s make 2014 one to remember!  2011-year-resolution-400x400

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