Many people make New Year’s resolutions—but how many actually follow through with them? Statistics show that six months after optimistically setting their intention, the majority of people—54%—don’t keep it. The numbers are even more discouraging by the end of the year, when one study showed that only 9% of those who set New Year’s resolutions had success in seeing them through.
These stats are not inspiring when determining whether to declare a resolution, yet perhaps there’s another way to look at the situation. The fact is that people who bother to set resolutions still have some advantages in reaching their goals over those who don’t. Consider these alternate data points as you ponder the value of laying out concrete resolutions early in the year.
A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO MAKE RESOLUTIONS STILL SUCCEED
According to one study, even after six months, 46% of people who make a resolution are still successful in keeping it.
This is the flip side of the six-month percentage above, but it’s a more motivating way to think about the effectiveness of resolution setting. While it’s true that over half of those who make New Year’s resolutions ditch them halfway through the year, it’s equally true that close to half of all resolution setters are still on track to reach their goals by mid-year.
Six months isn’t a full year, but you can still accomplish a lot in this time frame—and had you failed to identify a resolution, you may have made no progress at all. As a resolution setter, you’re better off for your efforts through the first half of the year than if you had made no effort.
Now that we’re at the halfway point of 2022, it’s time to refocus and set realistic expectations for your remaining months.
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