The problem is, most of these resolutions are destined to fail. How can you make sure your aspirations for 2023 stick? Here are a few ways to help you achieve those lofty New Year’s resolutions.
New Year, New You—Then and Now
The practice of setting resolutions for the new year goes back millennia to the Ancient Babylonians and Romans. But the practice of making—and breaking—New Year’s resolutions as we know it today appears to have taken hold in the early 19th century. But while resolutions have always involved improving some aspect of one’s life, today’s goals typically relate to getting healthier. Whether it’s losing weight, getting into shape, eating better, or all of the above, forming healthier habits are by far the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Little surprise since only about three percent of all American adults are considered to lead a healthy lifestyle.1
Set the Right Type of Goals
So how do you set your New Year’s resolutions up for success? A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that it’s the type of goal that makes the difference. Approach-oriented goals are more successful than avoidance-oriented goals, according to researchers. But what is an approach-oriented goal you ask? It’s something that you can add to your life as opposed to something you want to take away. Turns out that focusing on what you can’t do or can’t have may not be the best method for achieving your goals. For example, resolving to not eat potato chips with lunch every day (an avoidance-oriented goal) isn’t nearly as effective as resolving to add at least one fruit or vegetable to your mid-day meal. This played out in the study of New Year’s resolution–makers: 58.9 percent of participants who set approach-oriented resolutions considered themselves successful, compared to 47.1 percent of participants who set avoidance-oriented resolutions. And after a one-year follow-up, 55 percent of respondents considered themselves successful in keeping their resolutions.2
Divide Your Big Long-Term Goal into Smaller Short-Term Goals
It takes time to achieve big things, and that’s especially true for resolutions. No matter how motivated you are to make a change right now, it isn’t going to happen overnight—or even next week. But maintaining that level of motivation is tough over the long haul. That’s why focusing on the means instead of the end goal itself can help make your resolution more attainable.3 The best way to do this is to break up your big goal into smaller, more manageable goals. It feels good to accomplish things, and these shorter-term goals can keep you energized to see your resolution through.
Share Your Goals, But Not with Everyone
Despite previous evidence indicating that widely broadcasting your goals can lead to a premature sense of accomplishment, the truth is that sharing your objectives can lead to a better outcome—but only if you tell the right people. A recent Ohio State study showed that people were motivated by sharing their goal with someone they respected because they cared about how that person would evaluate them.4 So rather than posting your 2023 goals on social media, confide in a mentor or someone you look up to.
Start with a Goal That’s Within Reach
Whatever health-oriented resolutions you make this year, there’s a simple one you can add right now that provides huge health benefits: simply include an Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) supplement into your daily routine. AGE has been clinically shown to reduce blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, and it also has the potential to improve arterial stiffness, inflammation, and gut microbial profile.5 One recent study out of Sweden showed that, compared to a placebo, AGE inhibits the progression of coronary artery calcification and lowers glucose levels and blood pressure in patients at an increased risk of cardiovascular events. There was also a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure in the AGE group, from 148 mmHg at the beginning of the trial, to 140 mmHg after one year.6 Not only is AGE is highly tolerable and safe for everyday use, it’s now available in vegan form! Kyolic Cardiovascular Health Formula 300 provides all of the same benefits of Kyolic Cardiovascular Health Original Formula 100, but in a clean vegan capsule.
Don’t make New Year’s resolutions that are destined to fail this year. By taking a science-based approach to achieving your goals, 2023 can be the year that you finally realize those healthy resolutions.