The Truth About Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

So, now that it’s been almost three weeks since the new year, I thought it would be interesting to see how you’re doing on those “resolutions” you made at the end of last year.

Did you know that 41% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions regularly? Ironically, 42% of people in the U.S. claim to NEVER make resolutions. Do YOU believe that?

Speaking of percentages, there are some very interesting statistics to look at when it comes to resolutions. Here are the Top Ten (plus one) resolutions made by most Americans according to See where you fit in with everybody else!

1 Lose Weight/Healthier Eating 21.4%
2 Life/Self Improvements 12.3%
3 Better Financial Decisions 8.5%
4 Quit Smoking 7.1%
5 Do more exciting things 6.3%
6 Spend More Time with Family/Close Friends 6.2%
7 Work out more often 5.5%
8 Learn something new on my own 5.3%
9 Do more good deeds for others 5.2%
10 Find the love of my life 4.3
11 Find a better job 4.1%

Almost half (48.4%) say that they have infrequent success with their resolutions. However, only 9.2% feel they were successful in achieving their resolutions. But, even more interestingly, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

What are the types of resolutions that we make?

Self Improvement or education related resolutions 44.3 %

Weight related resolutions 32.4 %

Money related resolutions 42.1 %

Relationship related resolutions 22.8 %

Also, when it comes to “stick-to-itevness”…here’s the breakdown on how well we do when it comes to seeing it through the twelve months after making our resolutions.

72.6% follow through on their resolution after the first week. That drops in week two to only 68.4%, and by the first month (barely half) only 58.4% are still on board with their commitments.

By the time six months have passed, less than half of us are still on board…exactly 44.8%.

Good luck to you…Hope you make it!


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