How to make sure you’re not one of the 50 percent
Although I’m focusing on one big, fat, hairy goal this year – my Journey to everyday Joy – I’m really enjoying reading all the goals and resolutions posts from my fellow bloggers. There’s so much positive energy around this month some of it has surely got to stick!
I’m actually feeling really positive today because I’m typing with two hands again finally – woop! My scar, from an operation to put a plate and four pins in my hand after falling down the stairs and breaking it before Christmas, is healing well and I might even be able to drive again early next month.
I’m looking pensive here because it looks so cold outside – but I’m rocking my scar!
How are you getting on with your goals for 2015?
It’s a scary thought that 50% of people who make resolutions are likely to break them by the end of January and a massive 80% fall by the wayside overall.
Wow, that’s a lot of goals not met and resolutions broken. How demoralising for so many of us!
James Villas, one of our favourite family holiday companies – we had an amazing adventure to Murcia with them last year – has been working with John Norcross , the Professor of Psychology from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and an internationally recognized authority on resolutions and behaviour change. He’s identified some key things that explain the ups and downs of resolutions and tips to help us stick with them – I’ve picked what I think are the top two for me:
#1 BE REALISTIC – What’s essential is that your resolution goal be about you, for you. It has to be realistic. In fact, 26% of resolvers from James Villas’ research said that their recent resolutions were not realistic, leading to failure before they even began.
#2 BE POSITIVE – The resolution must be under your control and ideally stated in a positive direction. Goals that are phrased in positive terms typically prove slightly more successful. So instead of promising yourself you’ll “procrastinate and drink less,” resolve to drink more non-alcoholic beverages and complete your tasks on time.
So does my big, fat, hairy goal tick these boxes? I think so, yes. It’s about me, for me and while it’s not realistic to be joyful every single second I can definitely try to seek out the joy in the little things, every day. It’s a goal that’s in my hands, it’s in my control to choose to joy and it’s certainly positive!
There are a lot more interesting facts from the James Villas research which they’ve popped into this nifty infographic:
So tell me, have you made any resolutions this year? What are you going to do to make sure that you meet your big, fat, hairy goals?