While 45 percent of Americans reportedly make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8 percent of people are successful in meeting their goals. (Statistic Brain Research Institute). And, experts say, many people give up on achieving a particular goal within a month, primarily because most resolutions are too ambitious.
In her article “5 tips on how to stick to a New Year’s resolution,” Lucie Couillard of the New York Daily News, offers suggestions on how to be successful with your resolutions for 2016. These include reflecting on your motivation for selecting a particular goal; writing your goal down and making a plan for how to achieve it; enlisting a friend to help you achieve the goal; taking it one day at a time; and perhaps, most important of all, believing in yourself. (Read the complete article here.)
And what are the most popular New Year’s resolutions? The top three resolutions are to lose weight, start an exercise program and to quit smoking. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management and debt reduction.