For those who make New Year's resolutions, exercising more and losing weight are often at the top of the list, but whether your goals are to improve your health, save money or travel more, it can be hard to actually keep the resolutions you've chosen.
So what causes some people to fail year after year when it comes to making resolutions, while others are successful? That's the question 23andMe-yes, the DNA kit company-set out to answer.
The company surveyed 75,000 customers and found that only 21 percent of their customers made resolutions. Of those who made resolutions, 41 percent said they stuck with them. This is where things get interesting: 24 percent of women reported setting resolutions, compared to 18 percent of men.
But while women were more likely to set new year goals, men were significantly better at sticking to theirs, especially as they grew older. Among the participants, 51.5 percent of men met their goals, compared to 42.6 percent of women who reported meeting theirs.
No matter your individual goal, it's important to remember that over 80 percent of people who make New Year's resolutions drop them by February—and will completely forget about them by the end of the year.
If you're set on being in the 21 percent, it can help to join up with others on a similar mission for support along the way. And when you're feeling like giving up, remind yourself how to stick to your resolutions when failure seems imminent.
imminent ['ɪmɪnənt] : adj.即将来临的；迫近的
Setting small, realistic goals with a sustainable plan of action is the only way to ensure your New Year's resolutions last from January to December and beyond.
1. Is it specific?
Bad goal: I want to save more money this year
Good goal: I will save £6,000 this year
2. Can it be measured?
Bad goal: I want to lose weight
Good goal: I will lose 2 stone by my son’s wedding
3. Is it achievable or attainable?
Bad goal: I want to speak to my friends on the phone each week
Good goal: I will use the bus journey home to talk with my friends every week on the phone.
4. Is it realistic?
Bad goal: I want to fit into my old jeans
Good goal: I am going to get into my old jeans by June 1, 2019
5. Is it exciting?
Bad goal: I want to save money
Good goal: I will save money so I can take my children on holiday to Disneyland