If you made resolutions for 2017 and you’ve already ditched them, you’re not alone. According to StatisticBrain’s January 1, 2017 survey, one month into the new year over 41% of people have failed to maintain their new year’s resolutions . If you’re one of the people who made that statistic a reality, that’s okay. You can always start again today.
Your resolutions might have fallen short for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you chose a goal rather than a resolution. “What’s the difference”, you ask? Well a resolution is an action or actions you commit to taking on a scheduled basis (e.g., daily, weekly, etc.). A goal is what you want to achieve, usually as a result of the actions you commit to and implement on a regular basis. Below you’ll find an example of resolution vs. goal.
- Resolution – I will walk briskly for 30 minutes 5 days a week.
- Goal – I will lose 10 pounds by July 30, 2017.
You fully control your actions. Your actions can directly impact the achievement of your goals yet you can’t guarantee the achievement of the goal. Structuring your resolutions as commitments to action rather than setting goals provides you with a more constructive approach to achieving optimal health and wellness. Having action-oriented resolutions means you’re more likely to stay the course and reach your goals.