Happy New Year!
The month is only half over and so I know some of you have put your New Year’s resolution into full swing. Some of you may be struggling a bit. A long time ago I decided that instead of giving something up, I would work on something for me, my family, or my world.
Forbes says that only 8% of us will keep our resolution for more than 6 months.
So I want to ask you what your resolution is. How do you plan to keep it?
If you need help working on a tangible goal that you will actually keep let me know.
Some ideas might include
Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2017
Lose Weight / Healthier Eating 21.4%
Life / Self Improvements 12.3%
Better Financial Decisions 8.5%
Quit Smoking 7.1%
Do more exciting things 6.3%
Spend More Time with Family / Close Friends 6.2%
Work out more often 5.5%
Learn something new on my own 5.3%
Do more good deeds for others 5.2%
Find the love of my life 4.3
Find a better job 4.1%
News Years Resolution Statistics
Percent of Americans who usually make New Year's Resolutions 41 %
Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year's Resolutions 17 %
Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year's Resolutions 42 %
Percent of people who felt they were successful in achieving their resolution 9.2 %
Percent who have infrequent success 48.4 %
Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year 42.4 %
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions
Type of Resolutions (Percent above 100% because of multiple resolutions - 1,129 Respondents)
Self-Improvement or education related resolutions 44.3 %
Weight related resolutions 32.4 %
Money related resolutions 42.1 %
Relationship related resolutions 22.8 %
Age Success Rates
Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year 37.8 %
Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year 16.3 %
Length of Resolutions
Resolutions maintained through first week 72.6 %
Past two weeks 68.4 %
Past one month 58.4 %
Past six months 44.8 %
Happy New Year!
Shannon Shadman, LPC, MSMHC, NCC, M.Ed.