Get your 2018 off to a good start

December 27, 2017

When all the left-over turkey is gone and the Christmas films on TV have finished showing, your attention turns to the year ahead as we pledge many things in the hope of making us better people over the next 12 months.

Here, we examine the most common New Year's resolutions, look at why people fail and make suggestions of how to maximise chances of not giving up by February!

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Most common New Year's resolutions

According to a recent ComRes poll, the most common

New Year's resolutions include:

  1. Exercise more (38%)
  2. Lose weight (33%)
  3. Eat more healthily (32%)
  4. Take a more active approach to health (15%) 
  5. Learn new skill or hobby (15%) 
  6. Spend more time on personal wellbeing (12%) 
  7. Spend more time with family and friends (12%) 
  8. Drink less alcohol (12%) 
  9. Stop smoking (9%)
  10. Other (1%)

 

Mostly it's about making changes to your health and wellbeing, there is often a desire to make small changes to make your bank account healthier too.  

So, cutting down on takeaways or not being so indulgent with alcohol will benefit both resolutions and making a weekly meal plan as apposed to deciding what to eat on the day, will also save money.

How about ditching the expensive gym membership that you never use and instead going for walks, taking the stairs and taking advantage (for free) of fitness videos on YouTube?

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Why do people fail at New Year's resolutions?

A poll by BUPA of 2,000 British people, says that half of people making resolutions were not confident they would stick to it.

Around one in five people also admitted to setting overly ambitious, potentially unsustainable goals. More women (58 per cent) than men (45 per cent) say setting smaller and realistic goals will help them keep their New Year’s resolutions, while more men (26 per cent) than women (21 per cent) say technology is the key to helping them keep their goals on track.

 

How can I achieve my New Year's resolutions?

1. Is it specific?

Bad goal: I want to save more money this year

Good goal:  I will save £6,000 this year

Humans we work better when we have a clear goal in mind. 

Bad goal:  I want to lose weight  

Good goal:  I will lose 2 stone by my son’s wedding

This allows us to measure it and see progression as time passes that keeps us motivated.

3. Is it achievable or attainable?

Bad goal:  I want to speak to my friends on the phone each week

Good goal:  I will use the bus journey home to talk with my friends every week on the phone.

Find a way to make it attainable and set an action plan. 

4. Is it realistic?

Bad goal:  I want to fit into my old jeans

Good goal:  I am going to get into my old jeans by 1st June 2018

Make sure your goal can be achieved realistically in the time frame you are looking to achieve them in, but set interim goals along the way to keep you on track.

Bad goal: I want to save money

Good goal: I will save money so I can take my children on holiday to Disneyland

Your goal needs to be exciting. If planned correctly, this can help you stay motivated when you are experiencing a particular tough decision that takes you away from your goal. 

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