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It’s a New Year—the time when many people create New Year’s Resolutions to improve their lives. Some want better health; others want improved finances or better relationships.

Many people make resolutions year after year but, unfortunately, most don’t follow through, setting them up for emotional let-down and disappointment.

Statistics on New Year’s Resolutions
Data collected and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology showed there are basically ten resolutions most people make at the beginning of the New Year.

The top ten resolutions are:

  • Lose weight
  • Get organized
  • Spend less, save more
  • Enjoy life to the fullest
  • Stay fit and healthy
  • Learn something exciting
  • Quit smoking
  • Help others achieve their dreams
  • Fall in love
  • Spend more time with family

The research also shows only eight percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution(s).

Why is this?

Information from the Journal of Consumer Psychology found those who make a pledge to change some part of their lives as a new year’s resolution often don’t succeed.

However, they did find that those who asked themselves a “yes” or “no” question were more likely to stick to the resolution.

Instead of making a pledge to exercise in the New Year, it’s more effective to ask yourself: “Will I exercise this year?” Researchers also found it was best not to put a time frame on your goal.

The first step in keeping your New Year’s Resolution is to ask the question, not make the statement that you will do something.

A resolution is really about resolving something in your life. Hopefully, your first committed resolve is to rebuild your health, as this is the most important aspect of your life.

Don’t you agree?

Anthony Robbins has said “To resolve something, you eliminate any possibility except for the one thing you are committed to.”

Commitment to this thing you want to change requires you to cut out any obstacles that may prevent you from making long-lasting change.

Steps to sticking to your New Year’s Resolution
What does it take to create a lasting change in your life? Anthony Robbins states there are three steps for long-lasting change and resolutions:

  1. Have a vision of what you really want, not what you think you want. Focus on what you will get, not what you are going to do to get there. You have to have a vision of what you truly want and be excited about it.
  2. You also need reasons to follow through with your resolution. What are the consequences if you don’t follow through? What will you gain if you do?
  3. Review what you really want, envision it, and stay hyper-focused. Constant focus minimizes behaviors and factors that may derail your efforts.

To summarize the steps for a successful New Year’s Resolution: First, ask yourself a question that requires a “yes” or “no” answer.

Second, have a vision for what you truly want, not what you think you want.

Third, acknowledge the reasons to follow through with your new commitment for change.

Last, review your resolution, envision the end result of following through, and stay super-focused.

Here is the link to a great video of Anthony Robbins discussing how to create long-lasting change. Enjoy.

I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year and great success with your New Year’s Resolutions.

Dr. Z