Today is the last day of January, 2012. A 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning. Other sources point to most resolutions not surviving into February.
In my experience, the culprit is often the size and complexity of the resolution, and the number of interconnected resolutions. Many of us pick huge goals, or super-complex goals that require other sub-goals to happen. For example, "I'm going to get back down to a size 6, go for a run 5 times a week, and run the Colfax Marathon in May."
Think of the number of moving pieces required to make this happen! The first has a strong dietary and an additional exercise component. Based on the success of those, you may or may not be running 5 times a week, and based on a few months of success at the first two, you may or may not be in shape to run Colfax in May.
It's like Jenga - any one of the pieces will cause the whole thing to crumble. Solution? Baby steps. Small is sustainable. Overarching is a recipe for failure. Rather than go from one run a month to 5 a week, move from one a month to one a week. That's a 400% improvement over where you were - and much more sustainable than the 20,000% improvement you initially planned on.
Re-assess every 21 days - the length of time psychologists have determined is REQUIRED for a new habit to take root. Until you have hit 21 days, don't change anything.
If your New Year's resolution is on the rock's or already dead, start fresh, with baby steps. I promise, it will work.
Workout of the Day for 1/31/2012 Strength: Parallettes WOD: AMRAP 9 minutes 20 Double Unders 3 Squat Clean Bodyweight 6 Handstand Pushup
Mobility WOD: How to Stretch your Back: