Happy 2016! According to an article featured in Forbes in 2013, only about 8% of people reach their New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, even after just one week into the new year, many lose site of their goals. Why is this? Many agree that most people are motivated enough to make changes; the goals we set, however, are sometimes just too overwhelming and unrealistic to achieve in the timeframe desired.

Several psychologists suggest that successful behavior changes occur when we set smaller, attainable goals that are relevant to our core values. When you are setting a goal this year, make sure it is a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goal. By following the SMART model, you can specify what your goal is and think about a reasonable time frame to achieve it so you can stay motivated throughout the year.

As the year begins, think about what you value right now. Got it? Good. With that in mind, where would you like to be at the end of 2016? Do you want to improve your eating habits? Quit smoking? Get more sleep? Exercise more? Pick one behavior to add or change that will support this goal over the new year. Most importantly, when your routine gets thrown off, stay positive, and pick yourself up! There is always a new day to keep trying!

Top 2015 New Years’ Resolutions:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

2016 SMART Resolution Ideas:

  • I want to sleep for at least 8 hours per night for 5 nights per week by going to sleep by 10 PM.
  • I want to lose ten pounds over the next year by skipping desserts 5 nights per week and going to a cardio fitness class 3 days per week.
  • I want to read 1 book in 30 days by reading at least 1 chapter per night over the next month.
  • I want to give back to my community by volunteering at a local shelter or soup kitchen at least once per month in my town.

Sources: Forbes.com. StatisticBrain.com. LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.