A majority of people who set New Year’s resolutions break their goals by February. While that may sound depressing, it’s important to remember that New Year’s resolutions are not necessarily meant to turn you into an entirely different person. Instead, the success of a resolution should really be judged on whether you change for the better, however slightly.
The American Psychological Association, also called the APA, suggests starting small if you really want to succeed. That doesn’t mean you can’t aim high; instead, the APA says you should gradually build to resolutions. For example, if you want to exercise more frequently, start with one or two days a week. Instead, of starting with seven days of intense training, a few days at a time is much more manageable.
Next, focus on one thing at a time. It’s commendable that some people try to quit smoking and drinking while also getting more exercise, but changing multiple behaviors simultaneously can be overwhelming. Focus on the easiest task first, and then work your way up to bigger goals (sometimes called the “snowball strategy”). With the confidence you have from making easier changes, you’re more likely to succeed with difficult resolutions.
Finally, don’t make your resolution all or nothing. In other words, if you want to quit eating junk food but you slip up and have chips for lunch, don’t quit. People are more likely to achieve their resolution goals when they recognize that perfection is unattainable. If you fail one day, don’t beat yourself up. At Lancaster Nissan, we can’t wait for the New Year to arrive.