Every New Year’s eve people say that they will make bold, sweeping changes in their lives.
It is reported that 40% of Americans will take stock of their year and make a declarative statement of their intentions for the coming yea.
And fully 80% will fail within 30 days.
Just 8% of resolution makers follow through, thus making a resolution will result in frustration and a sense of defeat.
According to Statista, 53% of Americans surveyed in Y 2017 wanted to save money in the coming year closely followed by 43% who want to lose weight or get in shape.
A desire to be healthier and richer are super goals, but knowing that 80% of those who embark on these goals are going to fail, begs this Big Q: What is a person to do?
The Big A: Do not make resolutions.
Resolutions do not work for the majority of people in America.
So, instead, do things to achieve the goals you set.
Do Not Make Rigid Resolutions—Choose A Word Of The Year
As an alternative to making a resolution that you are probably not going to see through, choose a word to guide your year.
This idea, is not new by any stretch, has been thoughtfully packaged by author Susannah Conway.
Ms. Conway creates a free yearly workbook to unravel your year and choose a word to guide the next. If you choose a word to give your coming year shape and direction, there is automatically no failure.
An abstract word alone won’t propel you to your goals, though. Hard work will still need to be done to achieve them. The word just gives you more flexibility.
Take for example the two most popular resolutions, saving money and getting fit. Perhaps your word would be something like Wealth, Fitness, Wellness or Thrifty. Feel it out. What do you want your year to look like? Now is the time to pick a word that you’ll use as a mantra to guide and shape your choices for the next 365 days.
Hold Yourself Accountable With A Budget
Be real; nobody wants to set a budget. They are not fun, they can be restrictive and sometimes they’re downright depressing. But it is a fact of life that to grow your bank account you need to watch what and how you spend.
Budgets are a great way to tackle both of the most popular resolutions in one fell swoop.
The easiest money saving tip is to not buy things you will not use.
If the idea of tallying it up yourself seems daunting, there is always the option to download an app to assist with budgeting or even to act as a personal assistant to hack at your bill spending for you.
Look for other money-saving sources in your budget. Utilize your local library instead of buying books. Take advantage of free admission to museums. There are lots of ways to get the things you want without sacrificing your quality of life.
Lastly, make your money work for you. Check out coupons and rebates for things you regularly buy to save a little cash.
Apps like Ibotta show you available deals with others like Dosh link to your accounts and grant you savings automatically when you make your purchases.
Take Control Of Your Diet In The Kitchen-Eat Real Food
Now is your chance to channel your inner Food Network star. In addition to not going hog wild with a gym membership that you’ll probably never use, reigning in your food spending is a quick way to pad your wallet. Dieting isn’t fun, so instead of picking some wacky diet that makes you put butter in your coffee, check out a food pyramid that fits your lifestyle and morals and plan your weekly meals accordingly, remembering that you need to be mindful of excess.
There are lots of YouTube personalities, blogs, podcasts, Instagram stars, books and apps that are readily available to help you make nutritious, healthy meals for every style of eating from omnivore to vegan on a budget. It will just take a little planning and time on your part to cook and prepare your food instead of hitting up Seamless for a pizza.
Spend a couple hours on Sunday cooking and you can eat like a king all week on the cheap, saving both your wallet and your waistline.
New Habits Are Hard—Be Patient
New habits are not formed overnight. While you’re making all of these awesome, new choices, you will potentially backslide. It happens. You’re human. Eating your weight in pizza and margaritas doesn’t mean that you’re an utter failure. Skipping a work out doesn’t mean that you’ll never work out again. Accept that you didn’t hit your goals for the day and do better tomorrow. Sometimes Netflix releases an entire season of a new show and you simply must watch the entire thing in one sitting. Sometimes you need a night out with your friends. Sometimes you want to eat every recipe that Delish and Basically put on Instagram, so go ahead indulge once in a while. Then just get back on track the next day and know that one day or one meal isn’t going to break your resolve.
There’s no need to go to extremes with strict resolutions that you’re bound to bail on. Instead, choose a word to guide yourself through the coming year, make a plan that isn’t overly restrictive that fits with your lifestyle and goals and take the steps necessary to stick with it. New habits are built over time and anyone can achieve them if they don’t set themselves up to fail in the 1st place.
Happy New Year!