We are undoubtedly all guilty of slight overindulgence during the holiday season and now here we are…facing the latter half of January and grappling to rediscover our 9-to-5 mojo. Perhaps you have made a New Year’s resolution or two, is 2016 the year you get healthy or achieve business success?
According to research, 64% of resolutions are maintained until the end of January.1 From there, it's a slippery slope - just 6% last 12 months. But don’t let that put you off, people who set a clear and attainable resolution are 10 times more likely to achieve them. Whether you already have your resolution or you’re a little late to the game there’s still 11 and a half months to go. That’s why there is no better time than now to start (or revisit) your health goals.
Whether you’re setting a goal for your health or for your business follow these simple steps to increase your chance of success:
- Be clear and specific with what you would like to achieve – use a measurable outcome where possible so you can track your progress
- Have a game plan – outline what do you need to be successful and what will you actually do, take small steps
- Expect setbacks – don’t fail off the wagon just because you miss a day, accept there will be challenges and barriers, don’t use them as excuses, just re-evaluate your plan and keep going
Our 2016 resolution is to be the healthiest business chamber. We’ll do this via this monthly blogs on health topics, supporting members with the Get Healthy @ Work program and an exciting member’s only health challenge. Stay tuned to learn more about our upcoming health challenge, here’s a clue – it will provide opportunity for all our members to get back on track with their health!
Source: (1) Auld Lang Syne: Success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year’s resolvers and nonresolvers, by John C. Norcross, Marci S. Mrykalo, Matthew D. Blagys , University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Volume 58, Issue 4 (2002).