Have you given up yet? If so, you’re not alone. While millions of people set their mind to improve their lives at the beginning of each new year, studies show that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. And Research conducted by Strava shows that most people are likely to have given up on their goals by January 19, also knows as Quitters Day.
We set goals because we want to improve life. By and large, the goals we set are to make us healthier and wealthier, or at least less in debt. Peter Economy, a writer for Inc., lists the top 10 resolutions made by people. They are:
- Eat healthier or diet
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Save more money and spend less
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Quit smoking
- Read more
- Find another job
- Drink less alcohol
- Spend more time with family and friends
These are all worthwhile goals, pursuits to improve life. They are worth pursuing. But the data shows an alarming regularity of abandoning our New Year’s resolutions. If most people have already given up on this year’s goals, it means they will likely wait another 11 months before they venture back into the arena of goal-setting with next year’s New Year’s resolutions.
Forget the New Year’s resolutions. Set a smaller time frame. Instead of New Year’s resolutions, set New Month’s resolutions. That way, if you give up on your goals just 19 days in, you’ll only have to wait about two weeks before it’s time to set the next set of monthly goals.
Getting healthier and improving ourselves is a good idea. Maybe we would have more success if we created more opportunities to start again. So, what are your New February resolutions going to be? Maybe read a book? Go to the library, or get your order into Amazon. It’s almost time for you to get started. Good luck.