The Psychology of New Year Resolutions
By Andrew Holmquist
Edited By Andrew Holmquist
Research has shown that about half of all people make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months. Some of the common ones are to get more money, spend less time on your phone, and exercise more/eat better.
The reason why your resolutions do not last long is because you set unrealistic goals or too many. This is called False Hope Syndrome, and it is caused by unrealistic goal setting. In fact, 156,000,000 million people give up on them before you can say “confetti”. The gym is packed in January and February, but in July it is empty. You might find yourself rummaging through your fridge for a salad, but before long your pounding Chips Ahoy after school. In order to avoid being one of these people, you should try to do these methods.
Being Realistic. You should not try to go cold turkey on the cookies, instead limit the amount you eat per day (just an example), and slowly decrease until you hit zero. Or exercise 3 days per week then increase after a while until you hit your goal.
One At A Time. Try to do one resolution before you tackle another. So get into the routine of eating better, and when that is under control, start another goal of yours. This will make it much easier for you.
Tell Someone Else Your Resolution. By telling someone, this will make you more accountable and the person who you tell can help you with your goals as well. Asking for help is a great place to start.
Change does not come overnight, and this is especially true with long term habits, however if you follow these steps, you can achieve your goals in 2018.
If you think this all sounds like too much hard work and that it’s not worth making resolutions to begin with, bear in mind that people who make New Year’s resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t.