Setting a Successful New Year's Resolution
Updated: Feb 12, 2021
Every year we strive to be better by setting a New Year’s resolution. Sometimes these goals can be important for our well-being such as goals of physical fitness, eating a healthy diet, or spending more time with family. Despite their importance, many resolutions are abandoned early in the year. Do you find yourself giving up on your New Year’s resolution or even forgetting your New Year’s Resolution less than halfway through the year? If so, you may need to change how you are setting your resolution.
Setting a specific goal is helpful to initiate a change in behavior. For example, a person that is trying to be healthier can set a specific goal to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. A person can easily assess if they met their goal by counting the servings of fruits and vegetables they consumed. However, New Year’s resolutions involve more than just initiating a behavior. They are long-term commitments that require constant motivation and avoidance of temptation. In the case of the goal to eat more fruits and vegetables, a person must motivate themselves to prepare a salad or smoothie that they might not have taken the time to make in the past. Consuming Powdies sachets makes meeting this requirement more convenient, but users will still need to resistant unhealthy options. This is where abstract goals become important. Abstract goals are broader, such as the desire to be healthier. They are more difficult to assess than specific goals, which makes abstract goals harder to start and maintain in the beginning. However, abstract goals give the reason for why we want to change our behavior. This makes abstract goals more important to us and make us more likely to commit to them. Combining both specific and abstract goals in a New Year’s resolution has been shown increase the amount of effort people put into their New Year’s Resolutions, which makes them more likely to succeed .
We suggest setting a New Year’s Resolution with both specific and abstract goal components. This will make your New Year’s Resolution more successful. If you are still looking for a New Year’s resolution, try setting a specific goal to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day with the abstract goal to be healthier. It could help you prevent disease, have better heart health, and better immune system function!
 Höchli, Bettina, Adrian Brügger, and Claude Messner. "Making New Year's Resolutions that Stick: Exploring how Superordinate and Subordinate Goals Motivate Goal Pursuit." Applied Psychology: Health and Well‐Being 12.1 (2020): 30-52.