Statistics Brain has the results of a survey from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, USA. The results were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in January 2014. This includes a list of the top 10 new years resolutions for 2014.
|Rank||Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2014|
|Spend Less, Save More|
|Enjoy Life to the Fullest|
|Staying Fit and Healthy|
|Learn Something Exciting|
|Help Others in Their Dreams|
|Fall in Love|
|Spend More Time with Family|
|News Years Resolution Statistics||Data|
|Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions||45%|
|Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions||17%|
|Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions||38%|
|Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution||8%|
|Percent who have infrequent success||49%|
|Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year||24%|
|People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions|
|Type of Resolutions (Percent above 100% because of multiple resolutions)||Data|
|Self Improvement or education related resolutions||47%|
|Weight related resolutions||38%|
|Money related resolutions||34%|
|Relationship related resolutions||31%|
|Age Success Rates||Data|
|Percent of people in their twenties who achieve their resolution each year||39%|
|Percent of people over 50 who achieve their resolution each year||14%|
|Length of Resolutions||Data|
|Resolution maintained through first week||75%|
|Past two weeks||71%|
|Past one month||64%|
|Past six months||46%|
What I take away from this research is:
- Amongst the top 10 resolutions, health and wellness related goals dominate the list at numbers 1, 5 and 7.
- Amongst all goals, Self-Improvement related goals are the most common (47%, almost half).
- 8% of people succeed in their goals, but only a portion of the population actually bothers to set a resolution to begin with, so the success rate is actually much lower than 8%. Those are terrible odds! Keep reading for tips on how to improve your own success rate.
- Most resolutions don’t stick through the long-term, with only 46% lasting beyond 6 months.
- However, the study also shows that “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.” It’s unclear from the data how they determine this…so I’m just taking their word for it for now.
Do resolutions actually work?
The statistics show that they do work, and that people who make a resolution are 10 times more likely to attain goals vs people who don’t. However, the fact that only 8% of resolution-makers actually succeed in achieve their goals (and most don’t last longer than 6 months)…shows there is a lot of room for improvement.
How can we make resolutions that stick?
I’ve written a few posts that touch on this subject, so I won’t rehash it here. Check out these two posts:
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