How many of you have made New Year Resolutions for 2017?
A month on, I wonder how many of you have kept them. What has your motivation been? What have your challenges been? How do you feel about overcoming your challenges and achieving your resolution(s)?
Interesting facts and figures
The most recent research available from YouGov research* from December 2014 (conducted on behalf of LowLow) revealed 63% of Britons were planning to make New Year resolutions for 2015 BUT…it also highlighted peoples’ resolve is typically short-lived:
(i) With 32% suggesting resolutions are broken by the end of January
(ii) And just 10% stating they never tend to break their New Year resolutions
Other findings revealed plenty of good intentions:
- 36% of women and 30% of men are resolving to get fitter
- 36% of women and 26% of men are aiming to eat more healthily
- 15% of Brits said they were resolving to take more care of their appearance
A tale of personal success
I don’t normally set myself any “official” New Year Resolutions, however, I always sit down and think about what I would like to achieve in the coming year.
During December 2016 I knew that one of them would be that I would like to lose some weight, eat more healthily, and take more exercise. As you can see from the above statistics I seem to have something in common with the majority of the population!
I have had the same resolution for the last 3 years and tried to lose the weight myself. But I didn’t succeed because I gave in to temptation and didn’t follow the basics like using smaller plates, serving smaller portions, using better choices of food, and introducing and sustaining exercise into my routine.
What changed for 2017? Well, after I wrote my three statements down I carried on with my list and then thought to myself “Why have I written this down but not committed to doing anything about it?”
So this time I went to an organisation where I got support and help (including being weighed weekly, which meant I was accountable for my choices and actions).
I signed-up on the 3rd January 2017 after attending a meeting that very night. That was 4 weeks ago, and so far, I have lost 10.5lbs and cannot begin to tell you how happy I am.
I have done this by tracking what I am eating. “Yes”, sometimes I have had to weigh food but it takes seconds and I have now adopted a mindset change that helps me to make sensible choices, including adopting a regular routine for exercise on my rowing machine.
I am going to weekly meetings and, as I know I will be getting weighed, it makes me more determined because I want to see a difference on the scales.
One of the most important factors has been the support I’ve received from the leader of the group, and the friends I have made…it has been amazing and all of us help to encourage each other to succeed in our personal goals.
The reason I have told you this story is that I realised I needed some support in my decision to become healthier. I likened it to what I do for others as a Personal Development and Life Coach – I support people through their challenges, help them identify options for them to go forward and encourage them to take realistic step-by-step actions on a consistent basis, over a period of time. By doing this people can achieve their goals and feel amazing about themselves, which in turn gives them more confidence and motivation to work towards that next goal.
I have proved the benefits that coaching brings in my resolve to have a healthier lifestyle and through having the right support; both of which placed me firmly on the road to success for my resolutions.
Your personal or workplace challenges may involve rather different issues but if you feel you need support to achieve your goals, and would like to find out more about Life Coaching, please contact me for an initial, free discussion to see how coaching can help you.
* YouGov Public Opinion research is conducted according to Market research Society guidelines providing national studies for commercial clients and the media.