Achieve Your New Year's Resolution in 2014
Researchers have found that more than 80% people fail to achieve their New Year goals, such as losing weight, getting good grades, and drinking less. Having said that, there are some tips that can boost the success rate by 16%!
Before the tips, let’s learn about the different strategies for men and women.
Men in specific, need a goal. They are much more likely to succeed if they set a goal and engage in it, or if they focus on the rewards that come with the goal.
Women? They need to go public; telling friends and families about the resolution helps them succeed. Women also like to be encouraged.
Simple tips for everyone:
1. Make only one resolution: Force concentration is the rule. Focus your energy into changing just one aspect of your life.
2. Plan ahead: Spare a few days to think and reflect on what you want to achieve.
3. Avoid old resolutions: Failing once has already set you up for frustration. Either try something new or revisit it in another approach.
4. Be specific: Think about what exactly you are going to do to achieve your goal.
5. Make it personal: Everyone has their own resolution. Following your friends’ is not going to do any good to you.
Here are more for guys:
1. Be SMART! – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based. Say you want to ‘graduate with flying colors’, set bite-sized goals in a specific time frame, such as spending 3 more hours in studying each week and get 5 points higher in the next test. Jot it down in your diary; stick to the plan. These step-by-step mini-goals take longer, but will surely bring you there.
2. Rewards – Always keep in mind how much your life will be better when you achieve your resolution. When you have better grades, you won’t get grounded. When you quit smoking, you will cough less and more of your teeth will stay there when you are 75 years old.
Some others for girls:
1. Tell people – Your friends (good ones of course) and families will remind you of your resolution so you won’t forget about it. Similarly, you may put up a prominent sign in your house to remind yourself of that!
2. Be persistent – Your friends (the bad ones this time) might lure you and mess your plans up. There are also temptations out there which you might give in to. You might feel discouraged, you might feel frustrated, but you shall never surrender. Don’t blame yourself for the falter, just keep on track.
These tips aren’t miraculous cures, your effort is the most important element after all. We hope you all the best in 2014.
Quirkology: New Year's Resolutions Experiment