New Year’s Resolutions: How likely are you to achieve them?

I recently read in an article that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution. How wild is that? I mean, I guess it is no surprise considering how many blogs/articles/reports there are around this time of year with strategies on how to achieve your goals. What I’ve learned from many readings and my own failings are, that if you fail to achieve your resolutions, it is likely because they fall in to one or more of these categories:

  • They are not specific enough. Saying you are going to “work out more” is great but doesn’t provide anything definite or specific so it likely won’t be achieved. Saying you are going to work out 2-3 times per week or complete a training program or something of that nature, it offers a more concrete goal.
  • They aren’t something that you really want. If your New Year’s resolution is to stop eating sweets, but you love sweets and don’t “really” want to give them up, then you will fail enormously and likely binge on sweets once you’ve given up. However, if you decide to limit your desserts to the weekend or, whenever you are craving something sweet, just eat a square of chocolate, that will help you towards your goal in a way that does not feel unachievable and ultimately uninteresting.
  • They don’t fit in to your lifestyle. Often times, we don’t have the time, energy or resources to achieve our resolutions. If you resolve to eat more healthy food and cook at home but don’t have the ingredients, supplies or knowledge of how to cook, this doesn’t fit in to your lifestyle. (That is why I am working with my family on a cookbook for young adults who don’t know how to cook within their means and limited time! Stay tuned for more information.) If you want to cook more healthy food, start by taking a class, getting a starters cookbook (like ours) or something of that nature to set you up well.

So, with this in mind, here are my New Year’s resolutions! Fair Warning: I am going to be praying over these constantly to ensure that they represent the correct focus for me. So they may change 🙂

  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier to spend time with God
  • Exercise at least 2 times per week whether at home or at a fitness studio
  • Make more aggressive savings choices to reach out goal of having 6-months worth of income in our emergency fund by the summer.
  • Engage in our church community by attending the women’s bible study and our small group

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Are they achievable? 

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