It’s a new year which means it’s time to make resolutions that will inevitably be broken. I actually laugh now when people pronounce their New Year’s goals to their friends and family. January 1st is everyone’s cue to make a resolution that throws off their routines/life balance and think that there is a chance it will just ‘happen’ without hard work and sacrifice. I may sound like a pessimist, but many of the goals people set for themselves require a huge shift in not only mentality, but scheduling as well.
According to Forbes, only 8 % of people achieve their New Year’s goals. This does not surprise me, but it did make me curious as to what the most popular goals that people routinely failed to achieve were. Below I have written the top New Year’s Resolutions according to Statistic Brain, and my commentary on a few of them.
1. Lose Weight/Healthier Eating
This is the goal that gets me the most. On January 1-31, the gym is overcrowded with treadmill walkers and workout selfie-takers. My opinion is that the rest of us who workout year-round should get VIP passes for workout equipment so that we can continue our normal routines in peace during the month of January. By February, the masses are back to eating chocolate and not working out. This cycle happens every single year. I implore people who aren’t adamant about changing their workout routines to just stay at home! The month of January isn’t going to make a difference in your non-commitment to the gym, so at least let me have my time on the treadmill when I want it!
2. Life/Self Improvements
3. Better Financial Decisions
This is one of the New Year’s resolutions I actually approve of and find realistic. At the end of the day, if you are always teetering on broke, then there’s simply no choice in the matter! Face massive debt or make a change. Saving for homes, college, and retirement are also non-negotiable ‘must-dos.’ With such a direct set of consequences… I find it more likely that people will actually follow through on this one.
4. Quit Smoking
This too feels realistic given all of the companies and products that are out there today to help making quitting a reality. Lung cancer isn’t a miniscule threat either, so I can see this being an achievable goal. However, for this to be a “New Year’s Resolution” I think quitting needs to happen right at the start of the year. The dangers of smoking are made clear all day every day. If the New Year is actually a person’s impetus to quit… this can’t be something they get around to doing in July. You are either doing it January 1 or you aren’t.
5. Do more Exciting Things
This is vague. Does sneaking a can of soda into the movies instead of buying one there count? Or are we talking about cliff diving in Croatia. Vague New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken.
6. Spend More Time with Family/Close friends
Going back to my first paragraph. Something decidedly must be given up for a person to suddenly have the time to follow through on this goal.
7. Work out more Often
See number 1!
8. Learn something new on my own
9. Do more good deeds for others
This is a realistic goal because all it really requires is an extra donation to charity, volunteering once every six months, or even holding the door open for someone to feel as if you are achieving it. This is the perfect resolution for people who don’t want to sacrifice anything or work towards a more challenging goal.
10. Find the Love of My Life
Is finding the love of your life something a person can resolve to do??
11. Find a better job
Finding a better job is an actionable item. This one could be more worthy of spot 10 in the top
New Year’s Resolutions than ‘finding the love of my life.’
The top 11 New Year’s Resolutions are what one would expect them to be, which makes the 8% success rate not a surprise at all. As we head into 2017, the real question is are you going to be one of the 8%?