A lot of folks made New Year’s resolutions only a few weeks ago, but let’s face it, a lot of people probably gave up already. So, how successful are people when it comes to resolutions? Well, a new survey set out to discover just that.
The survey finds:
- Two-thirds of Americans say they have never successfully completed a New Year’s resolution.
- Regardless, three-quarters of Americans set New Year’s resolutions this year.
- 36% actually think they will achieve what they set out to do.
- 35% believe they will achieve at least some of their goals.
- 4% don’t believe they’ll achieve any of them.
- Of those who don’t expect to achieve their resolutions, the average person starts falling behind by January 29th.
- They will the give up entirely by February 4th.
So, why is it so hard to stick to resolutions? Well, the top reasons include:
- Tried to give up something they enjoy (42%)
- Their goals were too large/ambitious (42%)
- They don’t have a good support network for achieving their resolution (38%)
- They don’t have the motivation to stick to a resolution (37%)
- They set too many goals for myself (37%)
- Their resolution was expensive (36%)
- Other things took priority (34%)
- Not enough time for my resolution (33%)
- But after the past couple of years, many folks have decided not to stress themselves out with resolutions.
- 75% say the pandemic has made them less concerned about “typical” resolutions.
- 69% are more focused on their happiness than making significant lifestyle changes.