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It’s New Year’s Resolution Time!

By Lance Trebesch January 3, 2014

The Top Resolutions, Resolution Statistics, and Resolution Advice Discussed

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and tons of people are in the midst of dealing with their New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, many people who have created resolutions will get rid of them within the next week. But, if you’re interested in what’s happening on the New Year’s resolution front, let’s take a look at the some of the top resolutions in 2014.

A lot of the resolutions that are popular this year have been popular in years past. According to USA.gov, many people have resolved to lose weight and get in better shape, quit smoking, volunteer, get a better education or job, save more money, manage stress, eat more healthily, take trips, integrate more green habits to help the environment, drink less alcohol, and manage debt. Also, according to Pittsburgh.about.com, one resolution people want to achieve is to learn something new, such as learning a new language, getting a new hobby, reading a new book, or taking a new college course.

However, not many people will keep their resolutions. According to StatisticBrain, 45 percent of people will make resolutions, but only eight percent will actually be successful in achieving their resolution. The amount of people who fail is much higher; 49 percent have infrequent success, while 24 percent will fail each year. There are just as many people who don’t make resolutions as those who do. StatisticBrain states that 38 percent of people never make resolutions.

But if you have made a resolution and are worried about keeping your vow going, the statistics are actually in your favor. Most people—75 percent—keep their resolution through the first week, according to StatisticBrain. Almost the same amount of people—71 percent—keep their resolution through the first two weeks, and 64 percent will keep their resolution through the first month. Although it gets tougher, less than half of people who make resolutions—46 percent—end up keeping them.

Whether or not it’s kept, resolutions are generally made in good faith. But if you want to actually keep your resolution this year, it’s best to start slow. Make a resolution that you can feasibly finish. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t make an unrealistic resolution, like losing 100 pounds in 3 months. Instead, resolve to lose an inch or two from your waistline a month. If you keep goals realistic, you’ll be more apt to reach your goals.