Keeping Resolutions is Easy (and fun!) at The Georgia ClubPosted on January 14, 2019
Congratulations on making it through another holiday season!
If you’re like most of us, you enjoyed more eggnog, fruit cake, Christmas cookies, and celebratory champagne than you likely care to remember.
No matter how great your 2018 (and we sincerely hope it was wonderful!), when the ball dropped in Times Square marking the new year it was time to start considering New Year’s Resolutions.
Resolutions, or the challenges we make for ourselves to improve our lives in one way or another—whether related to health, finances, service, or some other personal goal—are surprisingly hard to keep.
According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of resolutions are kept. So when it comes to sustainable lifestyle changes, success can, depressingly, be lower than the odds of predicting a coin flip.
Making Resolutions Stick
Failing to live up to resolutions can be a disappointment, which isn’t exactly the sort of inauspicious start anyone wants to their new year.
So what does it take to make a resolution stick?
According to psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. in an article by the American Psychological Association,
“Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for.”
That’s good advice worth following. It’s far too easy to check one’s expanded waistline on January 1 and declare a Resolutions Emergency with unrealistic immediate goals. That’s a setup for failure.
Dr. Bufka adds,
“Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”
Reflecting on Good Advice
So maybe we don’t have to go from zero laps in the pool to one-hundred, or from occasional treats to never enjoying our favorite foods again.
Better to set small, achievable goals we can build into our lifestyle and work up to throughout the year. Skipping elevators in favor of stairs, dialing back on $12 Starbucks Mochachinolattegrandes, or writing one hand-written note to a friend a month are all ideas that may come to mind.
Making Goals Fun
Living up to your goals for the new year doesn’t have to be terrible. There are numerous ways to increase your chance of success by making it easy and fun to stick with your resolutions.
Around this time last year, we shared some Helpful Tips for a Healthy Start to the New Year. In retrospect, we believe those tips stand the test of time, and will help you stay on course to reaching your goals.
The Georgia Club makes it easy to stick to your resolutions. Between group fitness classes, gorgeous outdoor spaces, a community garden, miles of trails, and even a Dawg Park to help turn that frown upside down — you’ve got everything you need at The Georgia Club to make 2019 your happiest, healthiest, best year yet!
So here’s to getting going on your New Years Resolutions— and achieving them!