5 New Year’s Resolution People Make But Rarely Do

5 New Year’s Resolution People Make But Rarely Do2017 is finally here, and there is one conversation topic that is gradually picking up steam: New Year’s resolutions.

It’s become a fad to have a resolution because the neighbor down the street has one too! And hers is slightly better than yours. While many people love to discuss New Year’s resolutions, not many people achieve success.

In fact, it’s estimated that out of about 45 percent of the population who makes a New Year’s resolution, only about 8 percent successfully achieve their goal.

The reasons behind the low success rate of New Year’s resolutions could be the exponential increase of laziness in our society, the lack of persistence or the tendency to set unrealistic goals in the first place.

Resolution breakdown

Researchers have found that the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make but rarely achieve success in include these categories: self-improvement or education (47 percent), weight loss (38 percent), money (34 percent) and relationships (31 percent).

The five most common yet broken New Year’s resolutions

1. Lose weight

This is the most common goal in our fast-paced and seemingly always stressed society. With such high standards for body image, and magazine-like role models, it is difficult for many people to be happy with their bodies. For this reason, and others, weight loss is the #1 New Year’s resolution.

Sadly, most people do not achieve any real progress in part to the unrealistic goal setting mistakes made by so many people today. What they simply don’t realize is that big goals are achieved one small step at a time – not 25 pounds at a time. So when they do not see the results they expected, they simply give up.

Remember that if you want to lose weight it happens one pound at a time, and each pound is a success.

2. Learn something new

Humans are learners by nature – we all love to learn! With that being said, many people make it their intention and goal to make the New Year a year of learning new things. This could potentially be a new language, a new hobby, a new religion or digging in deeper and learning about themselves with guided meditations.

While this is an exciting option, just like any goal, it takes dedication and a commitment, which many people lack the enthusiasm to give.

  3. Get out of debt

Just under half of people set New Year’s resolutions related to money. And today, with the economy still struggling, many people have “get out of debt” at the top of their to-do lists.

Proper financial knowledge helps people through money troubles, however, not many people have educational support or a financial advisor to help them succeed in this resolution. One can’t assume to get out of debt without a financial plan or general understanding. So, when the New Year comes spending habits tend to stay the same, causing the resolution to fail due to lack of a better plan.  

  4. Saving money

Similar to getting out of debt, many people are also seeking to save as much money as possible. While again this can be extremely rewarding upon success, many people miss the bar due to their lack of a good financial advisor and ability to follow a new spending plan.

In order to save money, new spending habits must be developed as well as new saving habits. But never fear! With today’s technological advances, there are numerous companies and applications through smart phones and other devices that can help.

 5. Quit smoking

It is estimated that over 36.5 million Americans smoke cigarettes, in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given the knowledge of potential diseases and sicknesses, there has been a rise in individuals seeking to quit smoking. Now, it’s true that there are some people who can quit cold turkey come January 1.

However, cigarette smoking is a powerful mental and physical addiction that includes a difficult detox period. That process can be rough, and for that reason most people fall pretty to it and give up within the first week.

How long do resolutions last?

Let’s face it. Most of the New Year’s resolutions set for 2017 are well kept for the first week… and that’s about it. They give us something to talk about with motivated co-workers but beyond that they can seem impossible to achieve.

Statistically, studies show that about 75 percent of resolutions are maintained through the first week of January, yet by February, only 64 percent of resolutions are upheld. In this, the number significantly drops to 46 percent by the six-month marker.

The reasons behind breaking resolutions

Considering that 2017 is nearly upon us, and the sad reality that only about 8 percent of people who set New Year’s resolutions achieve success, it is imperative to look at the research behind why many people give up.

Here are the three main reasons why people give up or fail at their resolutions:

1. The goal is unrealistic.

2017 is a great time to set a new goal that will challenge you a bit and allow you to grow and learn new things in the process, but taking on too much will only exhaust and dishearten you, making you more likely to give up. The goal is to set smaller goals toward your bigger vision. Don’t focus on 30 pounds, first focus on five.

2. You have the wrong mindset.

Heading into 2017, if you are not clear in the mind the results will be cloudy and end up with a broken resolution. If you do not prepare before attempting to achieve your goals, the commitment, and obstacles are likely to cause you to feel like a failure – the #1 reason people quit. Avoid this pitfall by preparing for the journey by defining a clear path to success. Then find motivation, and don’t ever take your eyes off the prize!

3. You get distracted.

Our fast-paced lifestyles are filled with distractions. How can you achieve a new goal when you are jugging five things at once – all day?! If you feel that way, you aren’t alone. Today, people get enveloped in careers, kids, spouses and more, making it very hard to find time for themselves. This can debilitate any chance of success. To void this resolution wrecker, aim to remove any distractions you can that prevent you from living your best life.

How to beat the statistics and be a success

Follow these five steps to resolution success, and you’ll be well on your away to the best you, in 2017.

1. Get specific, get clear

Set a large goal as your ultimate New Year’s resolution, for example: lose 25 pounds. Then break that goal down into five to six smaller, more realistic goals. Defining each step makes the goal more clear, as to HOW you will achieve it, and that makes it easier.

2. Know the potential obstacles

Define what will stand in your way. Snacking co-workers? Nay-sayers? Lack of support? Figure out what will be an obstacle to your success so when it happens, you’re ready for it!


Purchase a New Year’s resolution journal and keep track of all of your successes, as well as your failures. This can help you keep the journey in perspective.

4. Take action

No matter what the inside of your New Year’s resolution looks like, talk about it! There is nothing more powerful than sharing your experience with others. After all, 25 pounds didn’t happen overnight, and you didn’t get there by accident. Share your thoughts with like-minded people to gain support for the journey. There is strength in numbers.  

5. Reward yourself

For each step you achieve on your path to the new 207 you, give yourself a reward! Even if you didn’t add it to your list of smaller goals, if it helped you move forward, treat yourself. For example, if you made a healthy dietary choice like you ate an apple over a sugary cupcake, allow yourself an allowance to spend at your favorite shop. You earned it!

You CAN achieve the best you in 2017, despite what the statistics predict. Simply follow these steps and look forward to all of your New Year’s resolution success!

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