Looking for some awesome New Year resolution ideas? Do you know popular New Year resolutions that are never met? Or how many people actually achieve their New Year resolutions? Like me last year, 2018, I made several resolutions for the New Year, as so many others did.
There were high hopes and expectations for the New Year and resolutions were made to meet them. Personally, I resolved to make more friends, be more giving and less expecting, amongst others. Resolutions like mine may not be very easy to meet, but as humans, the least we can do is try.
While I can’t be the best judge of whether my resolutions were met, not making a resolution isn’t better either. However, there are some New Year resolutions that can be judged more easily by the person making them; they’re simpler and more easily attainable, as they don’t always seek to change one’s character. Unlike my 2018 resolutions, these resolutions may be;
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Save more money / spend less money
- Quit smoking
- Lose weight
- Live life to the fullest
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Get organized
- Exercise more
As easy as the above may seem, it takes a lot of will to achieve them. As humans, we find ourselves falling right into the routine we resolved to change because it is our comfort zone.
Even our resolutions are not strong enough to pull us out of those routines. And as the New Year runs out, we find that we never even made attempts, or even progress, at the new life we resolved to have.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY NEW YEAR RESOLUTION AND WHO SHOULD MAKE THEM?
A resolution simply means, “A firm determination to do something.”
The word resolution is the noun form of the verb, ‘resolve’, which comes from the Latin, ‘resolvere’, meaning ‘to loosen, undo, settle’.
In the absence of determination, a resolution cannot be met.
Society has not yet been able to get a full grasp of what a resolution is. Many people make resolutions on a daily basis, some amounting to mere words. A resolution must be made based on the need of the individual.
Some resolutions are made out of ignorance of what the concept truly entails, some because others are making them. It requires a considerable level of commitment to fully achieve the aim of a resolution. Those who should make them are;
- People who seek to genuinely make a change;
- People who understand that resolutions are promises and are not to be trifled with;
- People who have the means of fulfilling their resolutions.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS?
According to US statistics published by vintagen.com it was found that the top resolutions by state, align with the National picture every closely. The five (5) most popular New Year resolution is;
- Exercise to get in shape (19.7%)
- Diet to lose weight (18.3%)
- Save money (14.8%)
- Eat healthier (11.9%)
- Something for self-care (5.5%)
And the rate of success?
Learning a new skill or hobby had a 26% success rate, quitting smoking got 21%, reading more reached 17%, finding another job had a 16% success rate, while drinking less and spending more time with family and friends got 15% and 13%, respectively.
America is a model country, if you’re from a developing or underdeveloped world you may have to hold on tightest to your new year resolution. Never ever lose track of your goals no matter the distraction in your surroundings. Even though, some disturbances are hard to ignore, like natural disasters, war and insecurity.
Congratulations in advance you’ve made the world a better place by quitting smoking, but please as you’ve resolved to stop smoking? Find other ways to manage your cravings and desires. Never ever relapse, it’s a trap!
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR?
There are no specifics in determining what a good resolution is. A good resolution is dependent on the individual making it. But some can invariably benefit everyone and have made the list below. They are:
- Write a business plan; a business plan requires a business idea. Make a resolution to put that idea to paper. It could be the start of a good business venture, who knows?
- Start a meditation practice; there are scientific studies that show the many benefits of meditating. Amongst them are developing a clear head and the capacity for deeper reasoning and reflection. This would help one in the daily tasks of having to deal with different situations and people.
- Read more books; Books carry a lot of information about different places, different times and different people. It is unfortunate that many people do not see it as a profitable activity. For some, reading more would not require a determined resolve, but for others who are not literarily inclined, making a resolution to read more may prove stressful and boring, but very rewarding.
- Pick up a hobby; so many people think they have hobbies, but in actuality, they don’t. Hobbies are activities that people like to do without prompt; like singing, dancing, cooking. So picking up a hobby has to follow a list of activities one has done in the course of the previous years and enjoyed.
- Learn something new each day; every day we inadvertently learn something new, otherwise, how do we accumulate knowledge? Making a conscious effort to learn something new every day, takes time and determination. That is why it can pass for a resolution. Something new could be a new word to improve your vocabulary, new knowledge about a foreign country or even the stars and other heavenly bodies. After all, all knowledge is important.
Other resolutions for the New Year may include the following;
- Play more;
- Move more;
- Meet more people and make more friends;
- Eat a few calories; amongst others.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A GOOD NEW YEAR RESOLUTION?
Here is a head start. Follow these smart tips to the later.
- Tag it now- writing down your own goals; this helps keep your goals bound to your memory and within physical reach whenever you feel you are straying from your efforts. Writing goals down also helps set a record to measure your achievement by the end of the set time.
- Plan you a follow through and make regular evaluations: set a course of action and stay on it. Make monthly or bi-monthly checks depending on the duration you have planned your goal for; then make changes where necessary. For example, if the diet for the goal of losing weight is yielding the target weight loss per month, change or adjust it.
- Narrow it down-getting specific with your goals; set resolutions like “I will lose 20lbs by the first quarter of the year.” Vagueness only depicts a lack of seriousness or a lack of clarity about what you need.
- Get witnesses – making your resolutions public; in as much as I don’t subscribe for publicizing one’s intents, publicizing one’s resolutions aids meeting them. Constructive criticism shapes your goal and put it into perspectives. Forget the popular saying that we don’t care what people think, to an extent, we do. And that is why when people have heard what you plan on achieving for yourself in the New Year, you would be hard-pressed to succeed.
- Don’t be over-ambitious– make smaller resolutions; the bigger the resolutions the less likely the chances of meeting it/them. So make resolutions small enough to meet.
WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE (3) NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS?
According to a 2017 YouGov survey , ‘’the top three resolutions for 2018 were ‘eating healthier’, ‘getting more exercise’, ‘lose weight’ and ‘saving money’’’. Bestowing to a 2018 review, the aforementioned resolutions persisted at the top three. Seriously, am I the only one seeing this pattern? Undoubtedly we’ve missed the spot.’’
HOW TO STICK TO YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION?
Here are eight (8) to ensure that your New Year resolutions are met:
- Dream big – audacious goals; while quite difficult to meet, are compelling to achieve.
- Chop your dreams into smaller pieces – Break big ideas into lesser steps, and then think tiny to achieve them bit by bit.
A dream as big as starting a new business would require writing a business plan first, drafting a business proposal, coming up with capital and other resources. So taking these steps would lead to the bigger picture of owning a business.
- Give yourself a prize for implementing a step – rewarding yourself helps you push further. And pushing further helps you achieve more. So give yourself some form of reward, after all, only twenty percent (20%) of resolver ever meet their resolutions. 
- Don’t forget your history – Letting bygone be bygone is really cute, but the salient lessons learned can be a valuable asset. This helps you not repeat mistakes. And not repeating mistakes helps to avoid stagnancy or a setback in implementing plans.
- Be grateful – Gratitude is an armament against hopelessness. Always give thanks for what you do and as well appreciate others. Indebtedness is the key to any relationship. For whatever they’ve achieved for you, appreciate accordingly!
- Be flexible – appreciate why you should make an adjustment. This puts the change itself into perspective for the individual involved. Not knowing why a change should be made in the first place, would render it redundant.
- Be Committed. As earlier stated, commitment is required for the materialization of a resolution. Be at peace with yourself with a calm assurance that things would turn out best.
- Ask for help – big dreams are difficult to achieve alone. Ask the right people (people who are supportive and understanding of your need to succeed) for help.
HOW LONG DO MOST NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS LAST AND HOW MANY PEOPLE GIVE UP?
Agreeing with an American radio station New Year broadcast 2019, about 65% of us make them. So when do these New Year promises get broken? Studies have shown; January 12th is the day most people flush their resolutions down the toilet .
Peradventure you are one of those uncommon people who actually make good on their resolutions, well done! According to a U.S. News and World report, the failure rate for New Year resolutions is said to be about 80% and most lose their resolve by mid-February
Is there a goal you have been procrastinating meeting? Do you have a song stuck in your head yet you don’t understand the lyrics? Is there an impediment to achieving that goal? Do you find it too comfortable in your present state to do anything about making a change?
For many, the thought of making that change isn’t the issue. The how’ of making the change is. Why not set that goal this year for 2020, follow the above steps to achieve them and watch yourself being a brand-new person by the end of the coming year.
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