January is here and many people are making New Year’s resolutions. This tradition dates back to the Babylonian and Roman eras. A new year’s resolution is when a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior. According to the American Medical Association, almost 50% of Americans participate in this tradition. Sadly, 90% of those with high hopes in January ultimately fail at accomplishing their goals.

These are the 10 most common resolutions and five ways to ensure you are successful.

  1. Lose weight
  2. Quit tobacco
  3. Get out of debt/save money
  4. Spend quality time with family members
  5. Reduce screen time
  6. Reduce stress
  7. Get more uninterrupted sleep
  8. Learn something new (like a foreign language or musical instrument)
  9. Travel more
  10. Volunteer, give to charity

Five Ways to Make Your Resolutions Stick in 2017

  1. Don’t make too many resolutions. Many folks start hot out of the gate but have too many goals. When reading the above list, did you say, “Yes, I need to do the first one. And the second one. And, oh wait, I could stand to do the third one, as well . . ..” That’s a recipe for disaster. Pick one goal and work on it until you build some real momentum before adding a second goal.
  2. Break down your wild and crazy resolutions into several smaller, more achievable ones. Instead of focusing on your long-term objective of losing 50 pounds, set a short-term goal of dropping five pounds by the end of January. Then set another goal to drop five pounds by the end of February. Do this until you reach your ultimate goal of 50 pounds. Each mini-goal you reach will motivate you to achieve the next one.
  3. Define measurable goals. Instead of vowing to “eat healthy and exercise this year,” set a specific and measurable goal, like bringing your lunch to work three days a week or exercising five days a week for 17 minutes in 2017.
  4. Change your environment to reduce temptations. Remove the junk foods from your house and keep healthy options readily available. Set yourself up for success. Do not tempt yourself into failure.
  5. Draw on the resources available to you for help. If you’re a Nabholz employee or spouse, let the wellness team be a resource for you. With medical, fitness, and nutrition expertise, we’ve got you covered!