You’ve probably made a New Year’s Resolution by this point. So… how is your New Year’s Resolution holding up? Have you managed to keep to your goals? Or have those goals fallen by the wayside? If you’re anything like most Americans, you’re currently in the most important part of the struggle.
A Quick Evaluation: How is Your New Year’s Resolution Holding Up?
After all, keeping to new goals or making lifestyle changes can be incredibly difficult. There are some tips and tricks you can follow, but if it were that easy, most people wouldn’t fail to meet their New Year’s Resolutions over the course of the year.
In part, that might be because Americans are kind of rubbish at creating new goals. Many of us set ourselves up for failure. And we do it year after year. So today we’re going to look at some of the ways in which our New Year’s Resolution were flawed from the beginning. And we’ll also see if we can’t figure out exactly why we seem to have so much trouble sticking to those resolutions. Keep reading, and if your New Year’s Resolution isn’t holding up, we’ll offer some ways to help yourself out!
Why Do Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail?
There’s no single reason why most New Year’s Resolutions fail. But they do. According to most research, something like 80% of New Year’s Resolutions will fail. That is… a lot. Here’s what might be happening:
- People tend to make resolutions that are difficult to achieve. That is, resolutions are too big. And that can lead to setbacks.
- Resolutions are too vague. Most successful goals will be specific. “Lose weight” isn’t as effective a goal as “lose twenty pounds.”
- We also tend to set goals that are unrealistic. “Eat nothing but vegetables” is much harder to achieve than “Eat one vegetarian dinner a week.” Once you achieve your smaller goals, you can always ratchet them up.
- Our goals don’t always match what we really want. If you feel a significant amount of pressure to lose weight, but you really have no problem with your body, then you’re not going to be too motivated to actually meet your goal (that’s not necessarily a bad thing–it just means that maybe you should try out some other goals).
But the truth is that there are any number of reasons why your New Year’s Resolutions might fail. You might be doing great with your exercise resolution and then pull a muscle through no fault of your own, totally derailing your goals. That’s why we always try to emphasize that you shouldn’t punish yourself too harshly should your New Year’s Resolutions end up going poorly.
And we also say that you shouldn’t be afraid to set new goals as the year goes on. You have to stay on your toes, after all!
Strategies for Helping You Meet Your New Year’s Resolutions
We do have some strategies that could help you meet your New Year’s Resolutions. These are typical goal-building strategies, so they work whether we’re talking about a New Year’s Resolution or a goal you decide to adopt in the middle of June.
- Make reasonable goals; you want to set yourself up to achieve your goals, so they should be realistic. But they can’t be too easy or you’ll just lose interest.
- Make specific goals: The more specific your goals are, the more likely you’ll be able to see a way to achieve them.
- Remember the 28 day rule: In general, it takes 28 days to adopt a new habit of any kind. So you have to stick with something for at least four weeks before it will become routine.
- Don’t just make goals; make plans. It’s not enough to have a goal. You have to know how you’re going to achieve that goal. A plan is almost more helpful than a goal (though, to be fair, it’s nice to have both).
This goes for any type of goal-making you might be thinking up. Obviously, goal making comes up a lot when we talk about cosmetic and plastic surgery, so that’s why we’re talking about New Year’s Resolutions.
It’s not uncommon, after all, to create a goal that requires cosmetic or plastic surgery (or simply that involves cosmetic procedures of some kind). In those cases, it might not be a bad idea to start your consultation sooner rather than later. After all, why put off a transformation you want?
About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures for over twenty years. He’s had countless conversations with surgeons about their practices and procedures, and he loves bringing that information to you!