MANY WILL TRY, FEW WILL SUCCEED. BUT THIS CAN BE YOUR YEAR.
That's the day every year that millions and millions of people report their new year's resolutions have already reached "failure" mode.
And that's not all, according to Strava, the social network for athletes, which analyzed more than 31.5 million data points in January 2018 to break down how resolutions break down. Additionally, research by the University of Scranton has found that only 8 percent of those who set goals on January 1 achieve them by the ensuing December 31. Eight percent. That's all!
So why do so few new year's resolutions ever see the ball drop on December 31, and the majority don't even make it to Valentine's Day?
If you're like 55 percent of the population, your No. 1 goal for the new year is health-related. For millions and millions of people, that health-related goal is to "lose weight and get in shape."
If you're doing better than most people who set that goal, you actually make a plan. Something like ...
[check] Working out five days a week
[check] Eating a healthy diet
[check] Getting enough sleep
[check] Drinking enough water
And on top of that, of course, you're still going to handle all of your "regular" life stuff-the things that kept you from going to the gym, led you to stress eating, not getting enough sleep and maybe even had you reaching for a wine glass.
If you're like millions of other new year's resolutions makers, by the end of two weeks (maybe a bit longer, if you're lucky), you've thrown in the towel, and you went from doing those four simple things to falling back into your regular patterns.
This scenario may sound all too familiar. But, even if you've said so before, you must know that 2020 CAN be different. This really CAN be the year you're in that 8 percent who stick to it until December 31 and beyond.
Together, we have a combined 30 years of transforming lives as fitness trainers. Over that time, we've learned some of the secrets to nailing any goal-especially if the goal is a physical transformation. Here are the secrets.
SECRET NO. 1: CHANGE ONE BEHAVIOR AT A TIME
To be successful, you have to focus. You can't try to do everything at once.
This sounds counterintuitive because how can you achieve a goal by doing only one thing? But check out these stats: Research shows that when people change just one behavior at a time, the likelihood they'll retain that habit for a year or more is above 80 percent.
If they try to change two...