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Countdown to Resolutions for Teens

How old were you when you made your first New Year’s Resolution? Do you remember what it was?

With 2019 nearly upon us, JA wanted to know if teens are making their resolutions for this upcoming year, and if so, what they were. According to a survey of 1,000 U.S. teens, conducted by Junior Achievement USA and ORC International, nearly 9 in 10 teens (88%) are planning on making New Year’s Resolutions. The resolutions they are looking to achieve:

Achieving Successful Resolutions

How do those who make resolutions, keep them?

While some have believed that a habit can stick after just 21 days, science has found this to be false! According to research conducted by the University College London, it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit.

To keep resolutions sustainable, here are our top tips for the teens that share our resolution findings:

1. Pick 1 – 2 resolutions!

Too many resolutions and you’ll be overwhelmed; yet too few and you won’t be challenging yourself. Stick with a range of 1 to 2 depending on how committed you are to the change you want for 2019!

2. Tell others about your resolution!

By sharing your resolutions with those who you are closest to will not only build a support system, but will also make you more accountable!

3. Write it down!

Everyone needs a reminder. Writing down your resolutions will give you a goal that you can’t change should the resolution get difficult. Be sure to keep the piece of paper you wrote down your resolution in a location that you will visit daily.

4. Pat yourself on the back!

It’s tough to maintain change, especially for 365 days! Break down your resolution goal into 3 “mini-goals”. The first goal should be focusing on getting you off to a good start, the second should challenge you a little further than the first, and the last mini-goal should be where you achieve your resolution. After accomplishing each goal, be sure to treat yourself! Incentives are always crucial for keeping motivation up and doubt down!

 

May your holiday season be filled with joy and may your resolutions be full of success! 

 

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