There are a lot of interesting statistics out there
regarding New Years Resolutions.
Some indicate that they don’t work (this
found that only about 20% of resolutions were successful after
two years).  Others indicate that
resolutions can still be a powerful tool to achieve a difficult goal (one study
found that at 6 months in, 46% of those who made resolutions were successful
compared to only 4% of those who didn’t!).  Overall, the consensus seems to be:
resolutions can work.  However, most don’t work long term.  Which is what it’s all about, right?
Let’s say you want to lose 20lbs this New Year.  Ideally, you would want to keep them off, and
not just have to make the same resolution again come January 2020.  This is something people often fail to
consider.  Having specific goals is a great tool for the short term, but what
happens once you achieve them?  Do you
just return to your normal eating behaviors that got you 20lbs heavier in the
first place?  This is a shortcut to
getting right back to where you started, which might explain the above
statistics: 6 months in, almost half of those who made resolutions seemed to be
successful…but fast-forward two years and that number drops to less than a
So how do you ensure your resolution will work both in the
short and the long term?
The answer begins with the way you set your goals. 
There are two types of
goals: product goals and process-oriented goals. Process-oriented
goals focus on building habits and on the journey and methods used to achieve a product
goal.  Product goals focus on a specific outcome.
 They are interconnected, and both are necessary for success.  
Using the previous example: losing 20 lbs would be your
product goal. However, your process goals
could be things like going for a daily walk, watching portion sizes, getting to
the gym 3 times a week, etc.  The secret to maintaining your product
goal?  Building solid process goals.
Losing those 20lbs will be rewarding in
and of itself.  But the magic happens
when those process goals turn into habits, and the weight stays off.
This is the time to start forming your New Years
Resolutions, but this year form them in a smarter
and more efficient way.  
Have a
product goal, but focus on your
process goals.
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