|By Jill Armayor for DRS Health
The time for New Year’s resolutions is here. According to statistics, 40-45% of American adults make one or more New Year’s resolutions each year. The top items on the list are weight loss, fitness, smoking cessation and debt reduction. As time continues to march on, 75% of these resolutions are alive and kicking after the first week. Sixty-four percent are still in their animate state after the month of January is over. After the end of June, only 46% New Year’s resolutions still have a heart beat. These statistics are grim, to say the least. How can you ensure that the prognosis of your New Year’s resolution is positive? How can you keep it alive and growing long enough to experience the fruition of success?
Many people feel that it is enough to set a goal and fantasize about reaching it, with no plan of action on how to get from Point A to the finish line. Although the thought of it is motivating and electrifying, “I want to be in the best shape of my life by my fortieth birthday,” is not enough to carry you to your goal. In order to be successful, you need to set a realistic goal for yourself that is broken down into small, achievable steps. Other actions that lead to success are defining your baseline, developing a plan of action, recruiting a support system, keeping track of progress, focusing on the positives, implementing a reward system, and treating setbacks as they truly are- just temporary lapses.