The buzz around 2020 has been intense.
If your social feeds are anything like ours, you’ve seen the seemingly endless stream of people performing a decade review of the 2010s, looking ahead at what they want the 2020s to hold and setting out their intentions for the year ahead.
The allure of a fresh start is undeniable. The desire to emerge at the end of 12 months healthier, richer, happier and with better relationships.
Here are the top new year’s resolutions that people in the UK are setting for 2020 according to Statista. Any of these look familiar to you?
Unfortunately, research also shows that after six months, only 40% of people are still on track with their new year’s resolutions. Fitness app Strava can even put a date on it – 19 January is when most of their users quit their new commitment to get fit.
It’s all a matter of habits
Whilst we start with the best of intentions, our deeply ingrained habits are like a tidal pull – bringing us back to our familiar routines and outcomes. And the problem with a lot of these resolutions is that they are vague and require sweeping changes that are hard to maintain when things get tough.
James Clear in his book Atomic Habits says:
‘It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. Too often, we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action. Whether it is losing weight, building a business, writing a book, winning a championship or achieving any other goal, we put pressure on ourselves to make some earth-shattering improvement that everyone will talk about.’
Instead, it’s the tiny, incremental changes in our habits that can create a big difference in our lives. So if you’re serious about change this year, we recommend reading the book.
What do you want to achieve in 2020?
Instead of making aspirational resolutions across your life, there’s only one you need: Resolve to review your habits and find the small changes you can make to your daily routine.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Boost Your Mental Wellbeing
Align Your Fashion and Beauty Choices with Your Values
Get Your Financial Health On Track
Improve Your Physical Health
Make Your Home Happy
Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2020!