When Your New Year Resolution Is About To Fail

Here’s a fact: Most New Year’s resolution are broken even before we hit February.

At Livible we know how hard it is to stay on track with our New Year resolutions and we hear that from many of our customers. The thing is, most of us tend to fall off the resolution wagon so fast because of vague, unrealistic goals. When people feel demotivated, usually after the third week of January, the tendency is to throw in the towel – for good.

The week your New Year resolution dies, according to Facebook

Facebook has recently shared a very interesting report on how people stick to their exercise resolutions, WSJ wrote. To gauge the number of people working out, Facebook tracked check-ins made to places with ‘gym’ or ‘fitness’ in the name in the US, and the results are eye-opening.

As shown above, Facebook’s two-year data shows check-ins to facilities with “gym” or “fitness” in the name drop by 10% in February. The dip starts as early as third week in January, coming from a significant surge of people checking in after resolving exercise sessions by Jan 1st. Of course, the study is limited only to fitness centers and clubs with “gym” or “fitness” in their names. It also does not include exercising at home, walking or running, the WSJ post added further.

So what does this tells us about our ability to stay resolved and change ourselves for the better?

We all have noble intentions to work out this year. And if you feel you are starting to waver in this week on your resolutions, you’d probably in a dire need of collecting yourself again and reimagine your goals for this year.

Can we give ourselves another shot?

Will this be the year you start donating the wardrobe junks hiding in your suitcase? Or probably start to cook dinner more often? Actually pull your feet to visit the gym every Tuesday? We all love seeing ourselves in new angles, thus we resolve of doing new things (or maybe updating our old ones) every Jan 1st. We need to create goals that are tangible, actionable and more importantly, possible. The key is to start now, before your enthusiasm dies in February. Here’s how we do it:

Recreate this table and paste it on your wall. Make sure it is visible to get your attention. Review it each week and add a new set of weekly actions, whenever possible.

Giving up on your New Year resolution is nearly as easy as making them in the first place. This year, resolved to make yours stick.

Have ideas for making your New Year resolution real? We’d love to hear it in the comments!