Consumer Watch: New Year's resolutions - how to keep them?
More than half of Americans report they will not be making a resolution for the coming year.
For about 40 percent of you who are making resolutions here are some of the best ways to keep that promise to yourself:
- Eat better
- Work out more
- Lose weight
- Save money
- Or even just being a better person.
All those are great ideas but all of these will probably fail.
What do they have in common? They are too vauge.
If your goal is health-related, fitness experts recommend avoiding lofty goals.
Instead of I'll lose weight, say I'll lose 10 or 20 pounds by the end of the year and have a plan about how to achieve that.
If it's about saving money and you don't have a budget financial experts say you're better off resolving to create a realistic budget and sticking to it.
Want to be less stressed and enjoy life more?
Plan it out, maybe your resolution should be: I will take a special outing once a month
Want to just be a better person?
You'd be better off resolving to volunteer a certain amount of hours a month for a worthy cause.
Having a plan will make it more likely you'll reach your goals.
Much like with diets or finances you may have a couple of missteps in your plan, but if it's something you want re-set and keep going.
A study in Australia claims most resolutions fail by March so pushing through those first three months makes it more likely you'll stick to it.