Only 8% of Americans Keep Their Resolutions: Here’s How to Beat the Odds

We are now 7 days into the New Year. That is 168 hours filled with the good intentions you set as part of your 2015 resolutions. Are they getting hard? Have you already slipped up? Today, I am here to to say “it’s ok!” According to an article published on Statistic Brain, only 8% of Americans follow through with their resolutions. I can’t help but think that these low stats stem from the fact that we are setting ourselves up for failure. We set unrealistic expectations and quickly get deterred when something doesn’t go right. Instead of beating ourselves up, I say we take the “everything in moderation” approach. This means that not all of our meals need to be carb free¬†and everyday doesn’t need to be dedicated to sending out resumes. We need to find balance in order to feel successful, fulfilled and happy! As we close out the first week of 2015, I want you to be gentle with yourself and ease into this new season of life!

Last night I was out to dinner with a few friends. As soon as I sat down at the table, I was told that one friend was not eating rice, pasta or anything fried as part of his New Year resolution. However, the sesame chicken he believed to be a healthy option came out looking very deep fried. Disappointed and increasingly hungry, he debated between eating nothing and the entire plate. I found this absolutely crazy! I couldn’t understand why he was only dealing in extremes. I tried to reason with him and suggested that he eat a few pieces and walk home to feel refreshed after a heavy meal. Following some debate, he gave in and a few hours later I received a “thank you” text for encouraging him rather than shaming¬†him for the hiccup.

No where in the constitution of making resolutions’ does it say that it has to be all or nothing. On this seventh day, let’s all show some kindness to ourselves and work towards being a part of the 8% that actually follows through on our goals. I believe in you, especially the balanced you.

Mason O’Brien is ClaimFame’s professional Casting Coach. Mason has worked in casting for years and is also the owner and operator of Bluprint Coaching, a life coaching service based out of Los Angeles. Mason, “The Practical Coach”, works one-on-one with clients during periods of transition to design the next and best phase of their life!


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