It’s a few days post new year celebrations, which means that many of us are steadfastly focused on maintaining our resolutions. Whether you’re focused on getting fit, eating better, spending more time with loved ones, reading more books, or anything else, one thing is for certain – sticking to these resolutions is H.A.R.D.
It’s easy to set goals. It’s far more difficult to achieve them.
But this year is full of so many opportunities for success, that there’s no reason why you can’t completely own it and make it your best year EVER. So before we get into some of these facts that you might not know, let me off you a tip. Rather than making your resolution a wish, change the way you look at it by making it an actionable thing. Want to lose weight? Aim to eat better and work out more. Want to read more book? Start by saying that you will read for 20 minutes every day. When you can associate an action with the task, it’ll become that much easier to take the first step and then continue on as long as it takes.
I believe in you!
Now, for a few facts that you might not know about those New Year’s Resolutions:
- On average, about 45% of Americans consistently make a resolution for the new year.
- Every year over 1 MILLION people gather in Times Square, NY to watch the famous ball drop to ring in the new year + welcome in their resolutions – but a whopping 1 BILLION people are estimated to watch it on television!
- The most common resolution made is to increase the amount of exercise that one gets (it is estimated that 37% of resolutions are this one!)
- Unfortunately, about 22% of resolutions fail after about a week, 40% after a month, 50% after 3 months, and 60% after 6 months. Not you – you’re in it to win it!
- Tradition says that the more leafy greens a person eats on new year’s day signifies prosperity that is to come for them.
- Americans alone drink an estimated 360 MILLION bottles of champagne which is ironic considering that cutting back on alcohol consumption is consistently the second most popular resolution made.
- Around 38% of people claim to NEVER make a resolution.
- Of those achieving their resolutions, about 40% were successful on the first try. The rest took multiple attempts with as much as 17% taking over 6 tries.
- The number one reason for failed resolutions? Lack of a clear goal.