Welcome to another year and the annual question regarding the setting of New Year's resolutions. Many people are all for them, suggesting that they can help keep you on track and moving towards achieving your goals. Others say that they are simply a pointless excercise to make us feel better, with most being broken before January is finished.
Today we're getting to the nitty gritty and examining what New Year's resolutions are, if you need any, and how to keep ones you have set.
It's traditional to set goals in January each year for what you what to achieve by year end. Called resolutions, these goals can be about anything but are traditionally based on things such as finance, giving up or starting a habit, eating better and losing weight.
A long standing tradition, they seem to have originated from religuous beliefs. Wikipedia says that Babylonians promised their gods they would pay off debts and return borrowed goods, while knights in the Medieval era used it to re-afirm their commitment to chivalry. What these and other historical facts boil down to is that they are all related to self-improvement.
The Journal of Clinical Psychology published a study which stated that only 46% of those who set any goals in Janaury achieved them. Other studies say this number is even lower, suggesting that less than 20% of goals are ever met. Knowing this, is setting any resolutions actually worth it? Will there be any benefit to you, or are you just wasting your time?
Research says that goal setting is beneficial for us, because it:
On the other hand though, goal setting can have negative consequences which include:
It makes sense that when you set a resolution, you want to achieve it. However, often it's not that easy with life and work getting in the way. Here are some great tips to help you achieve your goals:
For more advice on goal setting, we recommend you check out the services of a business coach.
Posted: Monday 7 January 2019