Almost 50% of American adults make some sort of New Year's resolution, most of which are about weight loss, exercise and quitting smoking.
The following shows how many of these resolutions are maintained as time goes on:
- past the first week: 75%
- past 2 weeks: 71%
- after one month: 64%
- after 6 months: 46%
While a lot of people who make new years resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.
For greater probability of success, a resolution needs to be specific, measurable, and have a solid deadline. In addition focus on a couple goals, not 20.
Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Mark Twain
tidbits from WebMD, Runner's World and Women's Health
What's your goal for 2012?