Are new year's resolutions effective?

Of those who make a New Year's resolution, after 1 week, 75% are still successful in fulfilling it. After two weeks, the number drops to 71%. After 1 month, the number drops back to 64%. And after 6 months, 46% of people who make a resolution are still successful in maintaining it.

Your goals must be intelligent and INTELLIGENT. It is an acronym coined in the Management Review in 1981 for “specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-limited”. It may work for management, but it can also work to establish their resolutions. In general, resolutions are nice things to have in the short term.

Usually, you won't experience immediate consequences for not maintaining them, but in the long run, your life will be better if you quit smoking or reduce expenses. During the first few days of the New Year's resolution, you're likely to feel confident and highly motivated to achieve your goal. If you stay with her and work on your goal throughout the year, you may be one of the few able to say that you really kept your New Year's resolution, and if you write down your progress and strategies, you'll have proof of your efforts if you ever feel like giving up. A YouGov survey found that people planning to make New Year's resolutions were more optimistic about the future.

These studies, surveys and market research reports constitute the available reference material on New Year's resolutions. The New Year seems like a fresh start, so many people often set themselves high resolutions during these times. And by February, you may have completely ruled out or even forgotten about the resolutions you were so excited about earlier in the year. In conclusion, the results of this study suggest that New Year's resolutions should be further studied as a potentially effective strategy for behavior change.

Second, the measurements from February to May and those from July to November included exclusively Group 2 and Group 3 participants, that is, participants who received support to maintain their New Year's resolutions. Finally, Group 1 served as an active monitor, and its participants were asked to formulate their resolutions in writing and report on their progress three times throughout the year. Despite their popularity, only a handful of studies have been published on New Year's resolutions, most of which are limited in terms of number of participants, duration and frequency of follow-up, and categories of New Year's resolutions studied. Fifty-nine percent of participants who established focus-oriented New Year's resolutions, those that were additive, not eliminated, considered themselves successful in maintaining their goals.

Participants in Group 3 (extended support) were instructed on how to formulate their New Year's resolutions to increase their chances of success. Recurring themes each year include taking a more active approach to health and fitness, improving finances, and learning new things for personal and professional development. The current study reveals that this may be true for other personal goals, as well as in this case, for New Year's resolutions. Another strategy for maintaining the New Year's resolution is not to make the exact same resolution year after year.

Nikki Gleisner
Nikki Gleisner

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