The Truth Behind New Year’s Resolutions

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With the closing of 2013 right around the corner….many people feel the pressure to set their New Year’s Resolutions. While I am a proponent of setting goals and achieving them….I thought I would dive into the statistics of the aforementioned resolutions and get a grasp on the entire concept.

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Studies show an alarming amount of failure. They say that 45% of Americans make New Years Resolutions, 8% are successful in achieving them and 25% don’t even make it past the first week. I’d like to interject if I may. Many people make these New Years Resolutions with the intention of sticking to them and succeeding, However, we tend to overestimate our ability to make good decisions when under pressure. Therefore setting ourselves up for failure, which is a bigger blow to our ego. This is one of the reasons that I prefer to set personal goals throughout the year.

I have found that being specific with my goals, I am more likely to succeed than when being vague. Also, many people have fitness driven goals – “I want to lose 10lbs in January”. The best way to achieve fitness goals is by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable steps. Use apps like FitDay, MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun to set reminders and stay accountable. And don’t forget sharing. Committing your resolution to paper or social media and sharing with others increases your sense of responsibility to meet your objectives. Blast your achievements through social media and get cheered on along the way!

So where does this leave us? Forget the New Year’s Resolution. The slayer life isn’t about quick, one-time resolutions dictated by the turning of a calendar page. It’s about a complete lifestyle – be happy, enjoy the sun and get some vitamin D, splash around in the water (even if it’s the tub), and find what keeps your serenity. If you do that, your goals will come effortlessly and you’ll be happier instead of beating yourself up.

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