K.I.S.S. -- Keep It Simple Stupid! A Guide to Nailing Your New Year's Resolution
Posted by Tyler King on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM By Tyler King / December 27, 2013 Comment
Halloween candies, Thanksgiving feasts, and Christmas sweets have given us plenty to eat for the past couple months and have, unfortunately, been wreaking havoc on our bodies. Now with New Year's Eve and Day quickly approaching, it's time for one last hurrah before the proclamation of change, as old as the turning of the years itself, hits center stage: the New Year's resolution. A quick google search gave me a Forbes article which states only about 8% of people fulfilled their New Year's resolution from year's beginning to end. Almost all who make a resolution, as well intentioned as they may be, will ultimately fail. Never fear, though, readers. Below is a fool proof plan to make sure you nail that resolution from "Oh, oh, oh, another year already?" to "Ho, ho, ho!" all over again. The first issue people run into is making their resolution specific. People, perhaps even yourself, may resolve something like, "I want to get involved in a gym in 2014." You mean well, and you may even have a plan, but what does "get involved" really mean? Find something specific. "I want to increase my bench press" is a lot better. More steps need to be taken to achieve this goal, but we're going in the right direction. Phil Heath. Finally, the main reason we fail is accountability. Going to the gym to work on your bench press is awesome. but what happens in Mid-May, when the sun begins to shine and all you want to do is be outside. It's easy to remain dedicated to a goal that involves staying inside when it's (-30), but what about when other factors step into play? Get a buddy. Someone who will go to the gym with you, remind you why you're there and not let you quit until the resolution has been met. Keeping an accountability partner allows someone else to get inside your head -- know your reasoning for your resolution -- share in your successes and be there to get you back on your feet during the set backs. I'm not saying you can't fail with a resolution buddy, but it is a lot harder to give up when someone else at your side pushing you along.