Ten years ago, New Year’s resolutions were a little different than they are today. A decade ago, losing weight, quitting smoking, and continuing education were top goals. The latter two goals didn’t even make the top resolution list for 2012.
For 2012, some of the top goals are getting fit, learn a new language, volunteer for a non-profit organization, read more, and travel more. Most of these resolutions didn’t even appear on the list a few years ago, but with changing times and technology, resolutions change too.
The key to keeping a resolution is by making only one – making too many could be expensive (especially if you are hiring a personal trainer to lose weight) and it is simply too overwhelming to keep up with so many life changes. Of the 40-45% of Americans who make resolutions, a quarter of those people quit on their resolutions after the first week. However, those who actually take the time to make a concrete resolution are ten times more likely to keep them. Be a part of the latter statistic, and keep your resolution in 2012. You will be so glad you did! I have actually kept up with my 2011 resolution of getting fit and I am so glad I have. The number of compliments I have received over the past 12 months have made all of my hard work worth it – and the best part is, now that I have made it a habit for the past year, it will be that much easier to keep up this habit for many years to come.
So, what’s your resolution?