Science behind a successful New years resolution

Cierra Arnold

So many people each year make New year resolutions. Not many people are able to keep up with those goals they set for themselves. Some people have just completely given up in making new year’s resolution, much like myself. I personally don’t make New Year’s resolutions simply because I know I will be so disappointed in myself when I eventually don’t complete it or I am not able to keep up with it. I am aware that is a sad or pessimistic outlook on things but that is what usually happens to my resolutions. Apparently, I am not alone. Some research has shown that half of all adults build New Year’s resolutions but not some of them falter and then stop after a few months.

Not to fear if you have the same issue but actually want to work to fix that there are ways to do that. Just because you haven’t been able to finish a resolution before doesn’t mean there is no hope for you. Most resolutions are sometimes made to change a lifestyle choice or a behavior that has become a routine (even if they’re not bad for your health and/or others) are often difficult to try and accomplish. With these helpful snip bits of advice, you might be able to complete a New Year’s resolution.

Everybody makes nearly the same resolutions, not saying that’s bad but I’m pointing out facts here. For example losing weight, exercising more and possibly even quit smoking. Most people can’t do this even though they seem simple putting this into action is much harder. Because people think these seem easy to do (minus the smoking bit of course) but they aren’t so people are lulled into a fake sense of security or the feeling that they can do this and in the end, they are let down when they can’t.

A helpful tip here is to make a small thing and I really mean small. Don’t go making a resolution to work out more-that is too vague. You could add time to a work out you already may have or start a small time limit to work out. Say you go for a walk three times a week each walk is maybe half an hour just add five, or ten more minutes to that and it just adds up over time. If you don’t work out at all just make a goal to work out 30/45 minutes a week. Once you get good at that add five or ten more minutes and repeat the process.

On a similar topic of the previous paragraph break up a large goal into smaller pieces and space it out. Still going with the working out example say that you want to be able to have lost 10 pounds or more and have abs. You could   do one type of exercise for your body and when that is too easy for you add another. Add or replace exercises as you go and if you keep doing that you could lose that weight and possibly have abs by the end of the year. Some personal advice, don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t quite accomplish your goal at a set time that’s okay just adjust and go on.

Another plus if you do one factor at a time you won’t be overwhelmed. Some people try to do too much which leads to exhausting and a sense of dread when it should be the opposite. Trying to do your goals should be empowering. This is much better than doing it all then realizing you are not capable to do it, trust me.

If you are not able to accomplish this on your own or you think you need help don’t fret. Not everyone is able to do this on their own. Tell somebody about your goals. They could be a sort of support system for you and your confidence. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from those around you.

If you need another way to help with success you may need to change your mentality. Change your way of thinking. If you want to quite a certain habit you will probably need to start with thinking about not doing it, see we subconsciously to do things and once they are brought to own attention we notice it. So if you can think that you don’t want to do that or you stop yourself before doing it you could break a subconscious action.

Also, change your attitude with people. Say if you and your spouse both share a bad habit/action Bring it up and alter your behavior. It’s hard to engage in bad behaviors if your spouse does it so it’s a highly likely one person’s attitude will change. Hopefully, it’s for the better.

You will not be perfect. I repeat you will not be perfect at doing any/all of these things. We are human and we are not perfect. (Unless you are an alien and that’s a different topic altogether) You will have to go ahead and accept that relapses will happen. If you are giving up something that’s heavily ingrained in you will crack once in a while. Do not, I repeat do not let it define the rest of your progress. You shouldn’t feel guilty concerning giving in to your cravings however settle for that it’s a part of the training method. Bad and/or unhealthy habits will take years( at the very least months if its a new bad habit)  to change and there are not any fast fixes in creating these lifestyle changes. This is also a corny cliché but we tend to learn by our mistakes and each day is a new day – and you’ll be able to begin day after day.

Some of these may work for you- or maybe none help you at all. It is different for everybody and doesn’t compare your process with someone else’s. Don’t overwork yourself to match somebody, take your time and accept yourself.


Andrew, E. (2018, March 20). The Psychology Of New Year’s Resolutions. Retrieved from