The countdown is on. It's almost time to turn the page on 2016 and welcome in a new year.
With every New Year's Eve comes millions of resolutions. People will vow to do many things in the coming year such as lose weight, quit smoking and live a healthier lifestyle.
Just check out your local gym over the first couple of weeks of a new year. It'll be crowded for sure. Check in with that same gym a few weeks later and the chances of seeing that same size of a crowd is highly unlikely.
What makes us give up on our goals so easily? Maybe we'd stick with it longer if we had a good way of keeping track of them.
Good news, there's a website that will do just that.
StickK is a free goal-setting platform created by behavioral economists at Yale University.
The site's mission is to empower you to better your lifestyle. You're offered the opportunity, through 'Commitment Contracts,' to show yourself and others the value you put on achieving your goals.
These Commitment Contracts are based on two well-known principles of behavioral economics:
- People don't always do what they claim they want to do.
- Incentives get people to do things.
The site is free to use. Just create an account and select your goal. Then, set the stakes, get a referee and add friends for support. It's that simple.
To begin using the site, click on the link below. Good luck and remember, you're not alone!