Most People Give Up On New Year Resolution By Jan 12th

How to keep to your New Year resolution.

January 2, 2019



I think the older I get, the more I realize, New Year resolutions are really foolish and just another way to set myself up for failure. However, I would like to make some changes in my life and what better time than a new year right? Well...

Making a New Year’s resolution is pretty common practice, but how long do most stick to those commitments? Research conducted by Strava, the social network for athletes analyzed more than 31.5 million online global activities last January, and found most gave up their resolutions by January 12th, 2017. According to a different study conducted by the University of Scranton, just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals, while around 80% fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Writing in a blog post for Harvard Health, Dr. Marcelo Campos says writing down goals can help us to achieve them because it feels like more of a commitment, and Dr. Carly Moores with Flinders University says, “Start with small changes and continue to build on these or try to tackle one change at a time. Try to set goals, reflect on your progress towards these, acknowledge that changes can be hard, and results won’t happen overnight… or even in the first two weeks of the new year.” See, I can do this! My goal for January is to get my closet in order! 

Another blocker in achieving one's New Year’s goals could be mental health. According to a new survey published by BodyNutrition, more than 33% of women and 23% of men say anxiety and depression has prevented them from meeting any resolution in the past. Michael Aragon, a marketing representative for BodyNutrition says, “I think people give up on their resolutions for two main reasons, they either pick too ambitious a goal, or anxiety and depression causes them to feel like they’ll never achieve their goals.” 

Another survey find: 27% of men and more than 23% of women say they are going to focus on self-care in 2019. Self care shold be a daily priority for each of us. Easier said than done, I know.

So I've decided to tackle daily "new year resolutions" because each day is a new opportunity to get closer to my goal. The point being, never give up! Never. ~grace