Mindspan New Year Resolution Facts

Many people will be making New Year’s Resolutions! If you join the New Year’s Resolution band wagon you’ll be in good company, up to 50% of people in the UK make at least one resolution in January. But very few of those people will be faithful to them. Here are a number of resolution facts and figures that could encourage you to stay committed to yours next year.

MOST PEOPLE DON’T KEEP THEM

Whether it’s a lack of willpower or that the goals are unrealistic most people have difficulty sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. Just 8% of people who make them will still be committed to them by the end of the year.

MANAGING YOUR TIME AND ACTIVITIES IS CRUCIAL

How well you manage your life and time apparently has a significant influence over whether you’re able to maintain your resolutions during the year. Nearly 40% of people say that the number one reason they couldn’t follow through was that life was too busy.

FITNESS AND HEALTH RELATED RESOLUTIONS TOP THE LIST

If you’re like most people, losing weight, getting fitter and eating better have probably been on your January action list at least once — or maybe they appear every year. Make this year different by really committing and make it happen!

THE FAILURE RATE IS HIGH

Getting physically fit is a major challenge for many people and making the effort becomes too much as they approach February. 73% of people who included some type of fitness goal when making their resolutions gave up before they reached the finish line, 42% said it was just too difficult and 36% blamed a lack of time.

THINK ABOUT STARTING SMALL

A key reason why people seem to have so much difficulty adhering to their resolutions is they aim too high. Running a marathon may be a big stretch but you can make the goal seem more achievable by taking small steps like aiming for a 10K, then a half marathon, before taking on the whole 26 miles. 35% of people that successfully fulfil their resolutions break them down into smaller achievable goals.

JANUARY IS AN IMPORTANT MONTH

For many people committing through January is the hardest but if you can get through this month you raise your odds of success. Sadly around 1 in 3 people won’t even last 31 days, so you really need to commit and be disciplined if you want still want to be making progress by February.

THE BEST TIME TO MAKE YOUR RESOLUTIONS IS NOT IN DECEMBER

Research shows that August would be better! Analysis of goal completion success rates shows that August tends to be the best month for committing to and following through on new goals while January is the worst.

90 DAYS IS A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT 

If you can stay on it for 90 days, you’ve got a much better chance of making the change permanent. Nearly 40% of people who make resolutions forget about them by March, but the dropout rate levels off substantially after that point.

BEING ACCOUNTABLE TO SOMEONE HELPS YOU STAY ON COURSE

Having someone to cheer you on or call you to account is a great way to stay on track with your resolutions. 59% of those who have someone to monitor their progress achieve their goals compared to 29% who go it alone.

MONEY IS AN INCENTIVE FOR SOME

Creating a financial incentive may be the extra incentive you need to stand your ground when it comes to your New Year’s resolutions. According to reasearch almost 80% of people report higher success when there’s money on the line!

COMMITMENT IS CRUCIAL

Just saying that you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution is not enough, you need to have the right mindset and be totally committed to your goal. If you really want to do something you’ll find a way…if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.

RESOLUTION SETTING REDUCES WITH AGE

Middle age is when people begin to slow down on their resolution making. When asked how likely they were to make a resolution in the new year, 54% of people under age 45 said very likely compared to 37% of those aged 45 and above.

WHAT IF YOU DIDN’T MAKE ANY THIS YEAR?

Instead of going through this annual cycle of failure don’t make any New Year’s Resolutions this year! A far better idea is to make goal setting a part of your life all the time. Keep focused on the things you want to be, do and have by adopting a robust system that maximises your ability to achieve…just like the Mindspan 4 X 4 Method!