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3 Reasons You Shouldn't Make a New Year's Resolution

"New year, new you!" This concept may be all too familiar at the start of the New Year, along with others around you. And though embracing new challenges and goals are commendable to craft a healthier and happier new you, it is often foreseen to not have the resolution come next year.


"New year, new you!" This concept may be all too familiar at the start of the New Year, along with others around you. And though embracing new challenges and goals are commendable to craft a healthier and happier new you, it is often foreseen to not have the resolution come next year.

Popular New Year's Resolutions

According to recent statistics from Static Brain, prominent types of resolutions are related to self-improvement or education, weight, money, and relationships. The most popular 2015 New Year's resolutions included the surveyed ranking:

1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family

But, Don't Make New Year Resolutions!

You may be scratching your head on why you shouldn't make a New Year's resolution. However, recent statistics from Static Brain are not meant to discourage you, but rather put into perspective the faults of New Year's resolutions. Specifically, based on the American population, 45 percent usually make New Year's resolutions, 17 percent infrequently make them, while 38 percent absolutely never make them. But out of those who do make them, only eight percent are successful in achieving them. These three reasons why you should not make a New Year's resolution help rationalize and justify the indicated percentages, characteristic of all different types of resolutions.

1. They Are Forced
With all your close friends and family verifying a New Year's resolution, you may seem forced or persuaded to do the same. And though a support system often accelerates success, it is important to also tackle goals on your own terms. Forced, artificial obligations are more likely to extinguish if natural motivation is not evident and apparent.

2. Starting Overzealous
While it is necessary to exhibit excitement to tackle goals, you may have bitten off too much, too soon. The obsessive motivation may be displayed within the first few weeks, but only to diminish once the excitement has died down. For most success, it is imperative to keep motivation consistent and stable.

3. Unrealistic Expectations
Not a runner but all of a sudden wanting to tackle a complete marathon? First off, good for you! But it is truly imperative to stay realistic with goals. Lofty expectations may leave you overwhelmed, only to lead to discouragement in the long-run.

Best Time (and How to) to Start a Resolution

Why wait until New Years? Start today! As a basic guideline, utilize the acronym "SMART" to achieve the greatest resolution success!

Specific: The identified goal should be clear and precise, answering the questions of who, what, when, where, and why? Generic goals may inhibit proper focus and needed efforts to achieve them.

Measurable: A measurable goal is essential to track progress and deadline setting, ultimately keeping you motivated throughout the process. A measurable goal may identify "how much?" and "how many?"

Achievable: As previously mentioned, your goal should be attainable. Though goals should be challenging, they still should remain achievable. Answering "How can I accomplish this goal?" can help identify resources and tools needed for its achievement while surfacing potential barriers that may need to be overcome.

Realistic: Goals should be realistic and within reason. Though big dreams are admirable, it is crucial to stay honest with yourself and consider all abilities and commitments needed to acquire anticipated goals.

Timely: Goals need target dates and times to keep you progressively moving towards it. Timely goals further help you prioritize everyday responsibilities, keeping desired goals on the forefront. They can also assist in accomplishing day-to-day tasks that align with a longer-term target goal.

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