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New Year Resolutions – Ways to Increase Your Odds for Success

New Year Resolutions – Ways to Increase Your Odds for Success

The beginning of a new year always seems like we have the opportunity to press the reset button and start the year with a clean slate.

And new year’s resolutions are often the thing that we kick the year off with.

It’s that time of year when we commit ourselves to changing something in our lives that we’re just not happy with.

Whether it’s our health, our lifestyle or even our relationships – it’s usually something that we think changing will make ourselves and our lives better.

According to Statistic Brain, they stated that 41% of people make new year’s resolutions but only 9.2% felt they were successful in actually achieving them.

Why is this?

In an article published by Psychology Today, they stated that the challenge is how we set our resolutions. Often it’s tied to the time (for example New Year’s) and we’re not really ready to change our habits. Another reason is that we may struggle with┬áthe “”false hope syndrome,” which means their resolution is significantly unrealistic and out of alignment with their internal view of themselves.”

So what can we do to increase our odds?

In the following news clip, a sports psychologist provides some suggestions on how to keep your resolutions.

In order to help you stick with your resolutions, he suggests using the following approach based on the acronym PAST;

P – Plan and Prepare.

You need to have a plan on how you’re actually going to achieve your resolution. You just can’t wing it.

A – Arrange your environment.

Be sure that you set yourself and your environment up for success.

S – Stick to one thing.

So often we will undertake numerous goals which then limits our ability to do any one thing well.

T – Too easy to fail.

Set your goals so that it’s too easy for you to fail. Experiencing success will motivate you to keep going.

Good luck – and who knows – maybe by you following some of these steps you will be part of the 9% that actually achieve their resolutions!

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