New Year’s Resolutions

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. – Bill Vaughn

Whether you choose to see the new year in or the old one out, I hope you enjoy the following statistics about New Year’s Resolutions brought to us by University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get 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 fulfill their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family.

New Year’s Resolution Statistics

Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions – 45%

Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions – 17%

Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions – 38%

Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution – 8%

Percent who have infrequent success – 49%

Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolutions each year – 24%

People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions

 

Age Success Rate

Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year – 39%

Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year – 14%

 

Length of Resolution

Maintained through first week – 75%

Past two weeks – 71%

Past one month – 64%

Past six months – 46%

 

Before you make your own New Year’s resolutions consider the following:

“I do think New Year’s resolutions can’t technically be expected to begin on New Year’s Day, don’t you? Since, because it’s an extension of New Year’s Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.”
– Helen Fielding, “Bridget Jones’s Diary”

Here’s to a safe, healthy, prosperous and wonderful New Year my friends. I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas at The PPAI Expo 2013.

Paul

One response to “New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Great Goals above, batting well over .500 ! Maybe I should pick up a baseball bat again . . . .

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