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So, let us compare our lists of things to do this 2012
EXERCISE MORE and Lose Weight
SAVE MORE. EARN MORE AND Pay off Debts
SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY
CUT OFF THE ALCOHOL
Essentially, we all want a better life.
At least, those of us who still have hope that we can have a better life. But between writing those resolutions and actually committing to them is a long road of dealing with and overcoming deeply ingrained habits which are truly difficult to overcome.
The main difference between a resolution and a goal is that level of belief and commitment you put into the task.
To lose weight is a resolution, but to start a new diet and commit to exercise in order to lose 50 pounds is a goal.
To save more is a resolution; to give up a luxury car and commute in order to 25000 dollar debt is a goal.
To cut off alcohol is a resolution; to find new set of friends who don’t drink is a goal.
Resolutions set the tone of your directions this year but goals provide a pathway. Resolution is like starting the engine of your car but goals provide the road to take.
According to Wikipedia, “recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. A separate study in 2007 by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol showed that 78% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, and those who succeed have 5 traits in common. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.”
That piece of statistics can give you a hint when it comes to making resolutions: make them achievable and clear by setting goals; and enlist a support system.
Frank Ra (author of the new year's resolution book "A course in happiness" said that resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions".