Only about 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions actually keep them. That’s why we’ve put together a list of statistically proven methods for increasing the likelihood that you keep your resolution. Whether you’re giving up smoking, junk food, bad driving habits, or something else, you’re bound to do better if you follow these simple tips.
According to WebMD, psychiatrists suggest exercising when you get the urge to cheat on your resolution. Keeping New Year’s resolutions is easier when you distract yourself from cravings—for cigarettes, junk food, or drinks, for instance—when you work out. In fact, this can increase the likelihood that you succeed by up to 27%.
Next, break up your resolution. If you’re trying to “get in shape” over the course of the year, it’s more realistic to set definitive goals. For example, try to quit eating junk food. Then, when that is mastered, try to drop five pounds. You get the idea. By breaking it up, it’s easier to succeed.
Finally, try to build a network of support. Start a resolution club with friends, or try to make your goals public. If you have other people watching and supporting you, you’re more likely to reach your goals and to keep resolutions. Plus, if you do fail, it’s always good to have friends and family around to help you persist.