Set goals you can stick to 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.  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.  Quirkology, 2007 For full citations, check out our References page.