It’s February 1st.
Eleven more months until the end….of the year.
It’s safe to say the we have survived the holidays, while our wallets and our waistline still try to recover. Exactly one month ago today, you set a goal, a resolution for 2013. Because as human beings we always strive to better ourselves, to go beyond what we have or know, and expand our knowledge. It’s safe to say that most of us failed at our resolutions. But its OK, your heart was in the right place, it was just poor execution.
So what was the resolution that you failed to complete?
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
Looking at the list, we:
Overall want to stay healthy (1,5,7)
One way to keep a resolution is to make it ambiguous and broad (4,6)
Set high and hard goals (9)
What’s 8 about? Do you want to help other achieve THEIR dreams, or you want to penetrate their actual dreams, while they sleep and help them?
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. That being said, 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions. Out of that group 8% are actually successful in achieving the resolution, while 24% never succeed and fail on their resolution each year. There’s some support for ya.
The study also shows that the younger you are the better chances are of you achieving the resolution, at 39 % if you’re in your twenties, compare to 14% success rate for people 50 and above.
The majority of the resolutions are specific to weight related issued, coming in at 38% of the resolutions. This is why the gym is packed for the month of January, and practically a ghost town the remaining 11 months.
The study found that of the people who made a resolution, 75% maintained it through the first week, while only 46% maintained it past six months.
So it’s been a month, and per the study 64% of you guys should still be on your resolution.
If you are congratulations, baby steps, there is nothing wrong with trying to better yourself, as long as it’s obtainable.
Here’s hoping you have a great 2013, because before you know it, it will be 2014.