“I’m gonna’ lose 50 pounds this year!”

“I’m going to start running 5 miles a day!”

‘I’m gonna’ start a craft hobby and turn it into a business!”

Oh yeah, we always wait till after the holiday food is all gone to make our New Year’s Resolution to lose 15 pounds. So, is that the 15 pounds you have been slowly packing on all year long, or the 15 pounds of pie, cake, cookies and good turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy you just slurped in over the last month and a half.

And now that the holidays are out of the way and we don’t have to do a bunch of holiday shopping, now we have a chance to increase the exercise we have been saying we need to have been doing this whole last year. But now that we put on our 15 pounds, we need to make it right. So, we’ll start by running 5 miles a day..,NOT!

The fact is, only about 45 percent of Americans will make a New Year’s Resolution. Of those that did, only eight percent will meet the goals they set. About 49 percent will have infrequent success, and 24 percent will never succeed in meeting their goals and keeping their Resolutions.

So, only about 45 percent of Americans make a New Years Resolution; 75 percent of those will make it to the 1st week; only 71 percent will make it to the second week; and the number start to drop off.

The secret to success is to make attainable goals. Baby steps to whatever your planned end is, usually works best. If you can start off with something know you can do, for instance lose 15 pounds over a 3 month period, you need to write that goal down and post it somewhere meaningful (for exercise and weight loss goals, the refrigerator door seems to work best).

The real trick is writing down your goals. It has been shown that persons who write down their goals are 10 times more likely to succeed over those persons who do not write down their goals. And putting the note someplace useful where you will look at it daily re-enforces the goal in your mind. Many weight loss programs as well as small home businesses know this premise well and are incorporated into virtually all of them.

So get out that pen and paper; write your reasonable goal down; post it where you will see it frequently; make a plan; and go to work on your New Year’s resolution.

Happy New Year!