The 3 Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions (and How to Succeed in Them)
Uros With a new year upon us now’s the time to solidify your resolutions. But if you’re like most people, you already have your goals in mind but are wondering how to follow through with them. Fear not! I’m going to run through some popular resolutions and give you some tips on how to be successful in implementing them.
Perhaps the most common resolution after all that holiday weight gain, getting in shape is something a lot of us aim to achieve in the new year but few of us actually attain. According to FiveThirtyEight, weight loss goals comprise approximately 13 percent of all resolutions, by far the top choice for January goal-setters. However, it’s also a resolution most people are quick to give up on, usually quitting within a couple of months.
Even though we know we need to diet and exercise, establishing a healthy a routine can be quite the difficult task, which can be discouraging and demoralizing. When people struggle to get results and don’t see themselves as they envisioned they would be, they are more likely to throw in the towel and go back to their old habits.
Your overarching goal should probably not be to look like a superstar athlete or famous actor since that’s unattainable for the vast majority of humankind. Instead, focus on becoming the healthiest version of yourself. Remember, fitness is a lifetime achievement and one that you have to work at every day. It’s not enough to go on a crash diet or intense exercise routine to lose weight fast; you’ll eventually gain it all back (and then some). Focus on making lifestyle changes you can sustain and achieve balance. For example, if you’re someone that hates exercise, then eating right is non-negotiable. You can work out less intensely if you’re more conscious about your meals. The goal is to work small changes into your daily routine gradually.
Restructuring Your Finances
Another favorite choice for new year’s resolutions is getting out of debt or restructuring your finances, which makes sense since a good financial footing is imperative to your overall success and well-being. Although most people understand that getting out of debt is a long-term process, it can be difficult to sustain a super-strict budget for an extended period of time.
That’s why it’s important to be realistic about what you can do financially; if you have the average national student debt of about $22,135 but are only making $50,000 a year, it’s probably not realistic to think you could pay off the balance in 2018. Instead, plan to make an additional payment to be applied to your principal each month, which will drive down the balance more quickly and reduce the amount you ultimately pay in interest. You’ll still feel a weight being lifted off your shoulders, and you won’t be so easily discouraged from your goal.
If you’re a smoker, you know how hard the addiction can be to break. You probably also know how easily your new year’s resolution to quit the habit can fall by the wayside since almost every smoker has tried to give it up at least a couple of times if only to save money. According to The Balance, the average smoker spends approximately $2,292 per year on cigarettes, which is a pretty substantial chunk of change to spend on something that stains your teeth, makes you smell, causes serious health problems, and is highly addictive.
Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to try to stop smoking. If you’re ready to quit, switching over to vaping may help you wean from the habit. Not only is vaping much cheaper than traditional smoking, but it’s also better for your health and empowers users to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine being ingested, unlike cigarettes. Brands like Juul are known for quality cartridges and fun flavors, but they also have one of the smallest vaporizers on the market, which feel and function more like a cigarette and can help smokers make the transition to vaping more easily.
In the end, achieving your new year’s resolution really comes down to two things — a concrete plan of action and realistic expectations. If you don’t have a strategy for your success, you don’t so much have a goal as a dream, and if you’re dreaming about something completely unrealistic, you’re bound to become frustrated and disappointed by your results.
What new year’s resolutions have you set for yourself this year, and how do you plan to achieve them?