As another year draws to a close, we once again search for ways to better ourselves in the coming year. The most common resolution for Americans is weight loss, followed by getting organized, saving money, and living a happier life. But despite the push for positive change, roughly only 8% of Americans are successful in achieving their resolutions.
One way to keep your resolutions this year is to make group resolutions. Whether you’re joining a weight loss program or a running club, group resolutions can be more effective than resolutions made alone. Here’s why group resolutions can keep you on track to attain your resolutions in the new year once and for all.
1. Explicit Goals
People who explicitly state their New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don’t. Group resolutions make things explicit, as you’re directly involved in a group effort to reach a particular goal. This keeps your resolution real. Like the proverbial tree in the forest, if we make a resolution and no one knows about it, does the resolution even exist? With group resolutions, the answer is always yes.
By making a group resolution, you’re automatically accountable to others as well as to yourself. If you make an individual goal and get off track, no one will know. But with a group resolution, everyone does.
Group resolutions provide the support that’s necessary to achieve your goals. By banding together toward a common goal, you receive encouragement and support. Group members are there when you feel yourself slipping from your resolution, offering a shoulder to lean on or new ideas and challenges to change up your routine and reach your goal.
In addition to the support you receive from others, group resolutions require your support as well. The fuzzy feel good emotions of helping others will help keep you on track with your resolutions. If you feel good about doing something, you’re more likely to keep doing it.
There’s nothing better than being part of a winning team. Making a group resolution means celebrating with your group when you achieve your resolution. You could treat yourself to a new purse if you lose weight, but the promise of a group party or shared activity when you all reach your goal, is even more motivating.
So grab some friends and get ready for your New Year’s resolutions!
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