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Why only 8% achieve their resolutions


New Year's Resolution Statistics

Rank

Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2014

1

Lose Weight

2

Getting Organized

3

Spend Less, Save More

4

Enjoy Life to the Fullest

5

Staying Fit and Healthy

6

Learn Something Exciting

7

Quit Smoking

8

Help Others in Their Dreams

9

Fall in Love

10

Spend More Time with Family

News Years Resolution Statistics

Data

Percent of Americans who usually make New Year's Resolutions

45%

Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year's Resolutions

17%

Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year's Resolutions

38%

Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution

8%

Percent who have infrequent success

49%

Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year

24%

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)

Data

Self-Improvement or education related resolutions

47%

Weight related resolutions

38%

Money related resolutions

34%

Relationship related resolutions

31%

Age Success Rates

Data

Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year

39%

Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year

14%

Length of Resolutions

Data

Resolution maintained through first week

75%

Past two weeks

71%

Past one month

64%

Past six months

46%

Source: Statistic Brain. 1/1/2014

 

 

 

"A goal without a plan is just a wish."

-Antoine de Saint Exupéry


I will support anyone trying to set goals to become healthier, active, organized, etc. but as the famous quote above suggests, without some sort of plan...your goal is just wishful thinking. This might very well explain why only 8% are successful in achieving their resolutions!

So how do you put your resolution to work? The examples that follow should clear things up a bit and with a little practice you'll be reaching new goals in no time.

Set a SMART goal. This is what all of the above Top 10 Resolutions are lacking.

Make sure your goal is.....

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Time-bound

Read these examples of common goals and the SMART counterpart:


Example #1

General Goal: "Get in Shape."

SMART Goal: "Join a health club (location) and workout 3 days per week (how often) for 30 minutes/day (how long)."


Example #2

General Goal: "Eat healthy."

SMART Goal: "For the next month (how long), four days each week (how often) I will eat two pieces of fruit a day – one at breakfast and one as an afternoon snack." (realistic and specific)


Example #3

General Goal: "I'll walk more."

SMART Goal: "For the next month (how long), four days each week (how often) I will take a 15 minute walk after lunch/breakfast/dinner." (realistic and specific)


The above goals are all 1. specific, 2. have a start/end date, 3. they are realistic for most people and 4. they can be measured, which means you can keep track of your progress in a calendar or journal and look at any trends that may arise affecting your success. At this point you can make changes to overcome existing barriers.

Only you can determine what you are able to achieve but setting easy goals may leave you feeling disappointed. Setting slightly higher goals for yourself will give you the motivational force needed to reach them!

 



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