Only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some tips to tip the odds of success in your favor.
Make it social. Join an online group of people with similar goals. Join a local fitness or walking group. Make a standing date with a friend to hike and brunch on Sunday mornings or go to yoga and meditation on Thursday evenings. When we tie our goals to others’, we are all more successful. Making healthy living a social venture provides support, accountability and motivation.
Keep it mindful. Is your resolution about breaking a harmful habit- like smoking or stress eating? According to addiction physician Dr. Judson Brewer, we don’t need to rely on raw willpower alone. Instead of telling us to stop smoking, for example, he challenges us to be fully mindful and present for every inhale. Most people realize the smoke actually tastes horrible and smells worse. Being 100% present can help break its spell.
Break it down. Our goals are often focussed on an end...