Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution – maybe to reduce debt or quit smoking – but only one in 10 of us will succeed, say researchers.  The result of the study shows that men and women are different when it comes to achieving their goals: men should set specific goals and women should tell the world about their resolution.  Come the end of 2012 we will be sure to see only just 12% are going to be successful. The top popular New Year’s resolutions are quitting smoking, losing weight and reducing debt.

Over 75% of New Year’s Resolutions Fail. A study in 2009 by Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire, revealed that 78% of failed resolutions are a result of people reaching for big wins too fast. Those who succeeded plotted smaller goals along the way to their main goal. The trick is to break up the goal into bite-sized pieces. When you achieve successes on the smaller ones, treat yourself and keep moving forward until you’ve made it to the top.

When we look at New Year’s Resolution the tradition goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

 What does your 2012 Resolution list consist of?

Lose weight, quit smoking, be more organised, work less, enjoy family, save money, reduce debt, buy a house, be healthy the list can go on… Whatever you choose to change in your life in the New Year I hope you will succeed to stick to your goal and come out accomplished with your results.

Three steps on how not to fail:

Keep your list simple and short.

Probably best to choose only one or two items. The other day I came across a list : 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself. I thought great and took a look just the length of the list made me give up just reading it 🙂 So be selective. Choose something that matters the most for you and select one or two items.

Make sure the goals are achievable.

There is no reason why you should try to set goals that you know from the beginning which will be a failure. If you still want to proceed may be divide them up to achievable bite-sized portions. Let’s say you decide to lose 10 kilos in the next 5 months. It is better to aim to loose 1 kilo per month and achieve your goal in 10 months.

Surround yourself with supportive people.

Once you set your simple and achiveable goal make sure you are surronded by supportive people. May be find a friend who is going for the same goal so you can support each other. This year I am planning to run two marathons, one in spring and one in autumn. I found a friend who would like to do it with me so we can support each other on daily basis and one feels a bit low the other one can lift the sprits up. Also decided to raise money for a charity during the these marathons so that gives me another reason to stick to my goals and come out successful. Make sure that my New Year’s resolution will not fail in 2012.

Tell me what’s your New year’s resolution for 2012 and how are you planning to achieve it !