Research has shown that less than 20% of those making New Year’s resolutions succeed in achieving the goals they set and maintaining them over the long-term.1 Those odds may not seem favorable, but you can set yourself up for success by starting with these three steps.
1. Focus on the Positive
No one likes to hear the word “no”. Goal-setters who focus on approach-oriented goals instead of avoidance-oriented ones are much more likely to meet those goals.2 Consider how to put a positive spin on your goals that focuses on “yes” vs. “no”. For example, “Take a walk each evening.” vs. “Don’t watch TV after dinner.” can put you in a better place mentally to help you stay on track.
2. Start Small
Big goals can overwhelm us. To improve your chances of success, break your big goal into smaller steps. The easier the change, the more likely you are to actually start doing what you plan and to stick with it. Remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about progress. Celebrate small victories, and even when you slip up, keep moving forward!
3. Seek Support
When you have the support of others, you are more likely to succeed.2 Partnering with a registered dietitian is one way to gain valuable support and accountability to help you achieve your health- and nutrition-related goals. The Season app can also provide support, focusing on “yes’s” and not “no’s”, providing you with thousands of delicious dietitian- and chef-approved recipes and meal options delivered to your door.
True change takes time, but taking a few simple steps to lay the proper foundation from the start can make all the difference!
Norcross JC, Vangarelli DJ. The resolution solution: longitudinal examination of New Year’s change attempts. J Subst Abuse. 1988;1(2):127-134. doi:10.1016/s0899-3289(88)80016-6
Oscarsson M, Carlbring P, Andersson G, Rozental A. A large-scale experiment on New Year’s resolutions: Approach-oriented goals are more successful than avoidance-oriented goals. PLoS ONE 2020; 15(12): e0234097. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0234097