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Why (and how) your resolutions should look different this year

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Why (and how) your resolutions should look different this year
More Americans plan to make resolutions in 2021, but that doesn’t mean they should look the same as last year’s.

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Setting goals for a new year

Setting goals for a new year
  • Setting goals is a motivational technique, and when done correctly, it can be effective to help you solve a particular problem.
  • We all have an idea about the importance of setting goals, but there is a science behind setting goals and executing them.
  • Most New Year’s resolutions will be broken. Many people dread planning any New Year’s resolutions only to fail at them and then feel guilty.

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The science of setting resolutions: start small

Start small and choose just one new thing to change in the new year. Reflecting on each main category of your life and choosing one thing to do differently is a great way to feel like you are starting over.

Starting small can also be a good way to avoid disappointment.

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Reflect on the main categories of your life

  1. Personal goals: Ask yourself, “How have I taken care of myself this year? What is one thing I can add to my routine that involves self-care?”
  2. Household goals: Choose one area of the house to clean out in January. 
  3. Relationship goals: How satisfied are you with your relationships right now? 
  4. Spiritual goals: What’s your spiritual practice like? How can you get in touch with this area of your life more?
  5. Work goals: How did you feel about your work-life balance, work performance and work relationships this year? 

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The start of the exercise culture

The exercise culture in the U.S. only took off after World War II.

  • After a 1955 report showed that 57.9% of American kids failed one or more of six physical fitness tests - versus about 8 % of European kids - an executive order was issued to create the President's Council on Youth Fitness.
  • In 1960, President-Elect John F. Kennedy wrote that the increasing lack of physical fitness is a menace to society. This push for fitness led to an expansion of the President's Council on Youth Fitness.

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  • Weight-lifting for women was popularized in the 1930s and 1940s by female-bodybuilder Abby "Pudgy" Stockton.
  • In 1974, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act paved the way for women to go out and sign up for exercise classes on their own.
  • In the '60s and '70s, exercise became a more accepted and celebrated pursuit.
  • The '80s and '90s saw the expansion of a conversation about diet and fitness.

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If you want to quit a bad habit, start by identifying its 3 main parts: the cue, the routine, and the reward. After you check the cue and your routine that follows it, you can swap the routine with something good (or less bad) to do.

For example: If you feel the cue of smoking, replace the smoking with some other activity like having a cup of coffee.