‘SMART’ New Year’s Resolutions
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Every new year brings hope and excitement of new possibilities. It’s very common for people to create New Year’s resolutions and set goals to either better themselves or others around them. But just how popular are New Year’s resolutions? According to Statistic Brain, here are some profound statistics for New Year’s resolutions.
- Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions is 45%
- Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s resolutions is 17%
- Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution is 8%
- People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions
- Self-improvement or education related resolutions is 47%
- Weight related resolutions is 38%
- Money related resolutions is 34%
- Relationship related resolutions is 31%
- Note: Percent’s are above 100% due to multiple resolutions being set by individuals
- Resolution maintained past one month is 64%
- Resolution maintained past six months 46%
Why Do People Fail?
As you can see New Year’s resolutions are very popular for Americans. However, New Year’s resolutions have an extremely high failure rate and nearly half of all resolutions don’t make it past six months for people! Why are New Year’s resolutions so hard to keep? People may set goals too unrealistic, too unattainable, not measurable enough, or have poor time constraints.
Live Cryo wants to be your greatest ally in helping you achieve your New Year’s resolutions this year. That’s why we are sharing with you a very simple acronym to help you improve your success rate for New Year’s resolutions. SMART! Yes, it really is that simple and anyone can remember it. Thanks to Fox News, they shared how to make your New Year’s resolutions succeed with ‘SMART’:
So Simple, It’s SMART…
Specific: When starting to make New Year’s resolutions is very important to have the right focus. People who set goals that are too general and lofty will often find they fail because they lack specificity. Making goals specific and focused adds an element of accountability. Because it either means you either did it or didn’t do it. For example, setting a goal saying you want to lift weights more is too general. A more specific and actionable goal would be to say, “I want to do weight training 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time.”.
Measurable: Like setting specific resolutions, a resolution must also be measurable and quantifiable. For example, saying you want to lose weight is not enough. Selecting a number of X pounds such as, “I want to lose 20 pounds,” makes the goal tangible and measurable. This also allows you to set benchmarks and break the overall goal into smaller bite-sized goals to achieve over a period.
Attainable: Setting goals that are attainable means they are not so big it doesn’t seem impossible and not so small that it’s too easy to achieve. Setting goals too high may cause you to become discouraged and ultimately defeated before you even start. Imagine a couch potato stating they will run a 5K immediately. Instead, the person should make the goal attainable by walking at least one mile per day and gradually working up to running the distances required. It’s important to find a healthy balance when setting “attainable” resolutions. Setting goals that are rational and attainable will provide you with more satisfaction and a sense of achievement in the end.
Realistic: When setting a New Year’s resolution, it is important to consider one’s current situations and current obligations. These obligations are often related to the amount of time and money you have available to put towards the goal. For example, say you work from 9am to 5pm and want to take more painting classes that are only available during the day. This is probably not the most realistic resolution to set considering you must meet the daily obligations of your current job. The key is to set goals that fit into your life and schedule. This will allow you to increase your odds of achieving them.
Timely: The best “specific” and “measurable” resolutions incorporate a time constraint (i.e. I will save $100.00 every week in my savings account). When setting time constraints on goals they must not be too long or too short. If a time constraint is too long it may cause you to lose focus or motivation towards the goal. Setting a time constraint too short for a goal will cause you to become discouraged and frustrated as well if you don’t reach it in time.
Live Cryo wishes you a Happy New year and the best of luck when setting and reaching your New Year’s resolutions. Remember, make resolutions and goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Quite simply, make SMART resolutions this year.