29 December 2015
Every year, most of us set ourselves goals and resolutions to create a better version of ourselves! Have a clean out, detox and refresh for a better new year. But how long do the resolutions actually last for? Till the end of January? The end of the week?
A study from an American university found that only 8% of us actually keep our New Years resolution but it is easy to see why people fail at there goals. We often set our expectations to high and loose motivation due to failure on our goals. Setting a resolution that isn’t specific enough is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Instead of saying ‘go to the gym more’ try creating a more specific goal like ‘go to the gym at least 3 times a week for 45 minutes’.
However, it’s very easy for us to create a list of ways to ‘help’ you to stick to your new year resolution but really it’s up to you. Perhaps this year we should try and shake things up and create a resolution that will benefit not only ourselves but others around us. If everyone set a goal to help a stranger, charity or organisation in need we could make the planet and the year just that little better. Giving to others or to a charity doesn’t always mean donating money. BBC’s Radio 1 have set up the 1 million hours scheme to encourage the younger generation to donate their time and pledge 1 million hours of volunteer time to charities across the UK. It’s the little things that make a difference, so instead of setting unreasonable goals, think about the small things you could achieve to help another in need. Ideas could be:
-recycle more to help the planet
-volunteer at you local charity shop
-help at at your local animal shelter
-donate food to a shelter
-cut down on buying fast fashion and help to stop the waste of textiles
-set up a small regular donation to a charity
-hold a raffle
-take part in a sponsored event such as a run, hike or cycle
What ever you decide to do this year whether you choose to improve yourself, help the planet, work with your community or make someone smile, we’d like to know your New Years resolutions. Tweet us or post on our Facebook wall with the hashtag #RT4UMakeaDifference, we’d love to hear your plans.