Each January, approximately 1 in 3 Americans resolve to better themselves by making New Year’s Resolutions. A much smaller percentage of individuals successfully achieve what they set out to do at the start of the year and make good on those resolutions. While 75% of people stick to their goals for at least 1 week, less than 46% are still on target 6 months later, according to a study conducted by University of Scranton and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Losing weight was ranked number 1, followed by getting organized and spend less, save more. You can see the Top 10 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions list and the success rates in the infographic below.
The dismal success rate may lead some of us to conclude that making New Year’s Resolutions is, in actuality, counter-productive. After all, who wants to begin the year in defeat?
Will You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2016?
People who make explicit New Year’s Resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions,” according to The Journal of Clinical Psychology.
That may just be the trick to achieving your New Year’s Resolutions this year!