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     2017 is finally upon us and just like every other warm blooded homo sapien the “I’m going to do better this year” bug; better known as New Year’s Resolutions, are in full Facebook status update. Research; that I remember but can’t actually cite, has shown that 50% of adults make New Years Resolutions and only 10% of the resolutions are retained after 2 months. So why should you do it you ask? Well it’s simple; goal setting is actually a key component to elicit behavior modification (change) in one’s life. Meaning you are more likely to change behavior if you set a resolution than if you don’t. In another research article; as it pertains to people who make New Year’s resolutions, making these commitments to change behaviors can be extremely beneficial. “Resolvers reported higher rates of success than nonresolvers; at six months, 46% of the resolvers were continuously successful compared to 4% of the nonresolvers” (Norcross 2002) .

     In this episode of the BPOZ! Podcast, Mr. BPOZ! and Juliamarie discuss this topic briefly. Mr. BPOZ! states; “It’s very important to be very realistic of what you are capable of.” He also goes on to say; “Take your goal or resolution and chop it up in pieces…. Once you master the one then you can move on to something else.” So if your resolution is to eat healthier chose one meal that you can make adjustments to and tweak it over and over again until it fits perfectly into your life before attempting to change other meals. Going into the New Year trying to change everything at once can be a bit overwhelming.

Here are some tips that can ensure your success in making your Resolutions a Reality next year.

  1. Analyze your resolution (what does it look like, smell like, feel like, and how will you know when you have accomplished it?)
  2. Break your goal into small portions with small timelines to accomplish (see rule 1 after)
  3. Tweak and play with the details until it fits perfectly (don’t worry about the small missteps they are apart of the learning process, do not move on until this is accomplished)
  4. Repeat and Remember (slow and steady wins the race)

     There will be things that are easy and some may take more time than you may have thought but don’t worry you will make it and you will accomplish every damn thing you told Facebook you were going to do!


References

Norcross, J. C., Mrykalo, M. S. and Blagys, M. D. (2002), Auld lang Syne: Success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year’s resolvers and nonresolvers. J. Clin. Psychol., 58: 397–405. doi:10.1002/jclp.1151