Only 8 percent of New Years Resolutions will succeed. Why?
A big reason is that most of these goals are rooted in extreme restriction. Whether it’s financial or health related, we’re creating unrealistic expectations for changes that are usually very drastic.
What makes Jan. 1 different from any other day? Or 2019 different from all the years before? We’re looking for a meaningful opportunity to start over and try again, but how we frame our reasons for doing this, and how we approach it, are more important than when we do it.
Our advice: Start with small positive additions to your lifestyle. For example, we give our clients veggie targets. We ask them to aim for 600-700 grams a day. It’s a goal rooted in expansion—adding more food to your plate, not taking it away. It’s measurable and sustainable. Also, it’s OK if you don’t hit it. No one is complaining if you hit—gasp!—200 grams instead of 600 grams. You’re eating veggies no matter what.
Imagine this is your goal instead of cutting out sugar. That’s a really popular resolution, and I only know about 2 people who actually never eat any refined sugar ever. However, I know a lot of people who eat mostly whole food and balance their life with some delicious treats when they feel like it.
Change your mindset, and you might find that your goals aren’t daunting at all. They are totally achievable!