Research Findings About Sticking To New Year’s Resolutions

“I’ll stop smoking from here on in.” “I resolve to pay my debts and I.O.U’s on a more regular basis.” “I’ll do some jogging every morning or do some brisk walking at night when I’m unable to get up from bed at sunrise.”

With the onset of 2019, these are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions (not too many resolved to be less sexually active) you’ll hear from family and friends, colleagues and associates at work and school mates. Funny thing is … like promises, as some cynics might say, they’re meant to be broken. Let’s see what research has to say about these.

Conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton, a 2014 survey found that seventy-seven percent (77%) of people stuck to their New Year’s resolutions during the first week. Six months after, this figure goes spiraling down to forty-six percent (46%).

Given that fifty-five percent (55%) of resolutions are related to health and fitness and twenty percent (20%) has to do with paying off financial obligations, human behavior experts and psychologists felt this was quite disconcerting and dug deeper to get a better understanding as to why this happens.

An analysis on the subject led by Ayelet Fishbach from the University of Chicago and Kaitlin Woolley of Cornell University found that, in a nutshell, people were less likely to stick to a resolution or a goal that did not offer an immediate payoff, or at least a reward that is obvious and can easily be seen.

So what does one have to do to stick and follow through on a New Year’s resolution?

Michelle Segar, director of Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center at the University of Michigan says the trick is … to “feel like every little bit of self-improvement counts.” In other words, if you’re planning to join a ten kilometer (10K) marathon, you don’t train for just

one day. Neither can you pay off a business or student loan with a single check? As the popular saying goes … there aren’t any elevators to reaching a goal. You gotta take the stairs.

Some of the other hard-working tips that will help you stick to your guns re New Year’s resolutions are :

  1.  Stay away from temptations. If you resolve to stop smoking, stay away from people who smoke and pubs and bars that have that hard-to-ignore cigarette fragrance permeating the air.
  2. Plan a course of action. Resolving to pay off debts regularly? Calendarize it or have your payroll guy at the office deduct a portion of your paycheck each payday.
  3. And, most importantly, should you backslide into something you resolved to stop doing, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t give up on the goal or the resolution altogether. Stick to it like glue.
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