Most Resolutions Don’t Last A Week…

As I try to avoid fried foods and sugary drinks (except lattes) while also trying to exercise 3 times a week and read through the Bible chronologically this year, I am fully aware that these New Year resolutions are hard to keep. I came across an article which gave the secret to actually making a life change.

What is the secret?  We need people!

The findings included the following:

“Many people do not have the willpower to make their New Year’s resolutions last longer than a week, research reveals.

Attempts to quit smoking, stop drinking alcohol at home or eat healthier food would be far more successful if people got support, according to health campaigners Change4Life.

University of Hertfordshire researchers followed 2,000 people who made a two-week resolution and found that those who relied solely on their own willpower failed even before the half-way stage.

The study also found that just 30 per cent of women stuck to their guns, compared with 37 per cent of men. Researchers found that those who told family and friends about their plans were far more likely to succeed.”

Read the entire article here for more info and for other helpful ideas.

Have you kept your resolutions? What are the best ways to make an actual change?

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  • Michael Warden

    Eric–Good article! And welcome to Austin!

    I just completed a series of posts about this on my own blog which might interest you. It’s called “5 Essentials for Changing Anything In Your Life (or in the World)” and you can find the first entry in the series by clicking the link below:

    Look forward to meeting. Happy New Year!

  • Rebekah Ellis

    I agree–have an accountability partner or a group of friends that will do the same resolotion and you can all keep each other accountable. It makes it easier and more enjoyable.

    Try to recognize distractions-pray for God to help you manage time wisely.

    Check your motives for wanting to change..some people chose to exercise b/c they want to look good but few do it because their body is a temple of the Lord, etc…
    The un-selfish motives I think bring about greater changes. Just like we want to read the Bible (not out of obligation or b/c we think it is a good thing to do. It is a good thing to do, true. But deepening your relationship with God and wanting to know Him on a more intimate level is a more Un-selfish motive. So I am trying to check my motives and make sure I am not reading my Bible daily so I can just check off that I did my daily reading for the day. 🙂

  • Patti Townley-Covert

    Mick Ukleja’s and Robert Lorber’s book “Who Are You? What Do You Want?” suggests identifying restraining factors that keep you from reaching your goal (basically that’s the lies we tell ourselves) and motivating factors that keep you in the truth about why it’s important for you to reach it. I think genuine understanding of the pros and cons of that goal are making a big difference to me. I’ve already started shifting some undesirable behaviors and it seems like the most natural thing in the world simply because it’s the right thing to do–not because I’m depriving myself. Hopefully that will last! 😀

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