Will You Make the 8%?
The New Year’s resolution you just made is probably going to fail. It’s not because you don’t have enough will power. It’s something else.
According to one recent study, only 8% of people who make resolutions keep them.[note A quick summary of this very interesting study, including the top New Year’s resolutions made in 2012. http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics] But even with that terrible failure rate, people who make resolutions are ten times more likely to reach their goals than people who don’t. With that in mind, how can you make resolutions that last?
In the last post I shared the first reason why your new year’s resolution is going to fail. When you make commitments to yourself out of a negative sense of identity, you aren’t likely to keep them. If you’re identity is that you are a fat person, or an indebted person, or someone who is always angry, it’s hard to make changes. The very resolutions you make (to lose weight!) condemn you rather than inspire you. If you missed it, check out the last post for more on that, and what you can do to make a change.
But there’s another reason.