New Year’s Resolutions – What’s yours?

It is finally 2011 and what are your ambitions and goals this year? Did you make a New Years Resolution to obtain them? Success is too important to be left to chance. It begins with a well-conceived plan. You will achieve more working towards goals with a simple but disciplined plan of action. So start your resolutions; it’s not too late.

Where does this tradition come from? I found the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions was started by early Babylonians. Their most resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment and begin the new year with a clean slate. Some people believe that New Years Resolutions were once promises made to the Gods, in the hope that the Gods would grant them some favor in return, such as a good harvest.

I also did a little research to see if New Years Resolutions really work. 40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year.  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:.
Here are the most popular  New Year’s resolutions year after year:

• Drink Less Alcohol
• Get a Better Education
• Get a Better Job
• Get Fit
• Lose Weight
• Manage Debt
• Manage Stress
• Quit Smoking Now
• Save Money
• Take a Trip
• Volunteer to Help Others

No matter what your goal is – tell someone or write it down to make your New Years Resolution because you are more likely to obtain it!  And Happy 2011!

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