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
I think that every one of these resolutions are noble and I wish that everyone who made a resolution achieved it, but did they? Well, it turns out that most people who have really good intentions don’t actually reach their goals. Check out these stats:
45% of Americans make New Year's resolutions
17% of Americans infrequently make New Year's resolutions
38% absolutely never make New Year's resolutions
Of the people who do make New Year’s resolutions, 49% have infrequent success. In other words, if they set five goals they might hit two. Twenty-four percent set goals and never achieve them. Last resorts rarely become lasting results. But there is good news! Apparently 8% of the people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them. What blows me away though is that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions. Did you catch that? People who make specific and clear resolutions are TEN TIMES more likely to attain their goals. So what does this mean to you? It means that if you make a resolution, it gives you a goal and goals are good. Historically I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but this year after learning that people who make New Year’s resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve them, I’m going to set five right now and share them with you. Here are my top five personal goals for 2017.
1. To spend a portion of each day worshipping God for who He is.
2. To collect more great memories and fewer material things.
3. To spend quality time with each family member every week in some form or another.
4. To continue exercising several times a week.
5. To love people like Jesus in every situation both personally and professionally.
I challenge you to make at least one New Year’s resolutions this year. If you do, you are ten times more likely to achieve it than if you don’t make any resolution at all. So take a deep breath, get out your notepad, and write down at least one resolution. Then share it with a friend or family member so you are accountable for it. This year will be the year you accomplish what you set out to do. I’m rooting for you!
(resources: http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/, accessed 30 December 2016)