In a study in 2007, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman found that 52% of participants were confident they would achieve their New Year’s Resolution – but 88% failed. [1]

Professor's Wiseman's study, which tracked the resolutions of 3,000 people led to insights into how and why resolutions were not successful. The levels to which participants engaged in the goal-setting, whether they told people about their goal, and how resilient they were in the face of setbacks all made a big difference to the outcome.

HOW TO FIX IT: Change your approach to goal-setting.

Read our 3 tips for sticking to your goals from our Head of Wellbeing Natasha Parker, and sign up for our Goals for Good goal-setting course here.

[1] Quirkology, 2007

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