2006 – New Years Resolution

Why do we make these? Why do we tell ourselves we will change something in our life for the better? Even the small stuff they tell you not to sweat? So I am still debating if I even want to go ahead and set resolutions, which most likely will be broken. Here is some information on New Years resolutions, maybe some of it sounds familiar.

Let’s first look at the Top Ten Resolutions.

  1. Lose weight
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Stick to a budget
  4. Save or earn more money
  5. Find a better job
  6. Become more organized
  7. Exercise more
  8. Be more patient at work/with others
  9. Eat better
  10. Become a better person

To accompany this list I can also include some statistics including “40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year.” But as the new year gets rolling, you can guess what happens. 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%

The numbers are not all that surprising, but research does go on to show that people who continually make resolutions regularly are 10 times more likely to attain their goals. that people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. So which are you?

Personally, I attempt to set goals, both personally and professional as the year progresses. I do look at what resolutions I set in the past that I failed to keep and will always try to achieve that same resolution. As for the upcoming year I will be more focused on finding new employment, as I have been doing for the past 12 months. Just ask my wife, I am miserable at work. Considering employees on the average have taken a 25-30% reduction in pay over the course of three years, there is just so much a person can stand before they have had enough. I am now past that point. Of course a new job would hopefully mean more money, which means I would actually be able to budget that “discretionary income” I would have.

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