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New Year…Knew You?

Are you someone who makes Near Year’s Resolutions each year? Maybe you are among the many people who make the same ones every year? Well, what can you learn about yourself from this pattern, and more importantly, how can you make this year different?

Research has been carried out into the ways the two genders approach their New Year’s Resolutions. And, surprise surprise, as with many things in our lives, there are significant differences.

Before we get into the differences though, it is worth noting that the two genders tend to make their resolutions about the same things. Losing weight, exercising more, eating healthily, going to a gym, drinking/smoking/spending less etc all frequently appear on the list for both genders.

The interesting part is how we then differently approach our New Year’s Resolutions, and particularly, the different strategies which bring about success in each case.

Firstly, the men. Men, naturally set themselves more goal orientated resolutions than women, for example they resolve to lose 1lb a week instead of committing to just ‘lose weight’. This fits perfectly with the male brain which likes things to be quantified, measureable and easy to check against on a regular basis. This also allows them to effectively compete with themselves, so the first week that they lose two pounds, they really are a winner.

They most successful strategy for men to use to keep their resolutions, is to motivate themselves by focusing on the rewards they will get when they achieve them. So, if we stick with the ‘losing a 1lb a week’ example, they will be motivated by focusing on being more attractive to the opposite sex, or being able to run faster than that guy at the gym.

When women approach our resolutions though, we adopt a different strategy entirely. In this case, we achieve greatest success by telling our friends and family about them. This tendency to share does three things for women. It publically commits us to the resolutions in the first place. It then provides us with a network of support and encouragement around us. The final thing it does, it reinforce the relationships we have with the people we tell.

By adopting these gender specific approaches, you will be up to 22% more likely to succeed with your resolutions this year.

So, let’s make 2015 a great year for us all.

Happy New Year.