Resolve to be different this year.
Oh boy, how many times have you started out that way? You love, love, love the Holidays and yet there’s a part of us that can’t wait to get ‘back to normal’ with our schedules and eating. The beginning of a new year helps us to resolve to change. To act different. To eat different. To behave different. Or at least different-ly than we have just a mere short week ago.
Okay, so I admit, this is a great time of the year to start over. Why not….what else is so important than the thought of YOU focusing on YOU this January.
I enjoy reading the magazine Success, if you’ve never heard of it I will say it’s always packed full of good business and health information. This month Amy Anderson wrote a small little article that I’d like to share. Enjoy.
New Year’s Resolutions – Resolve to be Different.
Do the New Year’s resolutions you make really reflect your personal goals? Or are you just making the same resolutions as every other 47-year-old college grad in your tax bracket?
A study by the Barna Group says that certain demographics are more likely to make certain resolutions. Here were the most common resolutions people made for 2011 and the types of people who tended to make them:
Lose weight/Get fit 30% women, baby boomers, earners over $75K
Pay off debt/Earn more 15% divorced adults, Gen X, Gen Y, earners under $20K
Improve relationships 13% college grads, earners over $75K
Overcome addiction 12% men, singles, Gen Y
Meet career goals 5% singles, Gen Y, Midwest residents, earners under $20K
Enhance spirituality 5% divorced adults
Further education 4% singles, Gen Y, Northeast residents
So are you making the same resolutions as others like you? If you are, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What’s important is making resolutions you can stick to.
The study also found that 61 percent of Americans have made New Year’s resolutions in the past. Of those, about one in four say they experienced significant, long-term change as a result. But half saw no change at all.
To give yours staying power over the long haul, be specific, write them down and try to build in a way to measure progress—with weekly check-ins, time requirements, etc. By February, you could be feeling results instead of regrets.