One Step Forward; A Brief Discussion on Controversial Resolutions for 2013

Source: Statistic Brain

Happy New Year! This year I will connect the WordPress community together to create an architectural relationship to build a networking neighborhood of support and guidance throughout 2013.  I am willing to lend a helping hand after reading many unique blogs on very controversial topics that receive barely any feedback or words of encouragement. Yeah, that is very unfortunate. This needs to change now.

Many bloggers want their voices heard, and I am willing to make it happen. These topics include weight loss, stress, depression, financial burdens, a pessimistic outlook on life, lack of inspiration for writing, no drive for success to do anything, hopeless romantics doubting chivalry, and conflicting relationships. I am willing to stay there for you, and everyone else reading this post. Let’s make a change today, tomorrow, and forever – together.

A compiled list of resolutions is easy to admire, but the lack of drive for success hinders the success rate of Americans trying to meet their resolutions every year. According to Statistic Brain.com, a recent study from the University of Scranton in the Journal of Clinical Psychology published on December 13, 2012 on the New Year’s Resolution Statistics for 2012. Wait, why does this matter? The past is extremely important to understand how to make effective decisions for the future. No, leave politics out of this! We already know the damage. Thanks for your concerns for Congress’ spot in 2013. However, let’s focus on your place on the board game, “The Game of Life.”

The study focused on the following, “Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2012″. These resolutions are commonly the primary focus every year for the last decade of American history. Although blood is thicker than water, family appears as the last thing to tackle for a resolutions list. That’s understandable. No, really, I have a family like that too.

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2012
1
 weightLose Weight
2
Getting Organized
3
Spend Less, Save More
4
life to the fullest quotes | TumblrEnjoy Life to the Fullest
5
Staying Fit and Healthy
6
Learn Something Exciting
7
Quit Smoking
8
Help Others in Their Dreams
9
Fall in Love
10
Spend More Time with Family

Do they seem reasonable and possibly familiar? Great. Common interests are always easier to discuss than trying to persuade someone a new idea, like eating dark chocolate in moderation is still part of a healthier diet.

Now, before I introduce the results of those resolutions for the previous year, we must focus on how many Americans feel the need to make these lists. Yeah, you might agree with the top ten of last year, but what is the percentage of Americans who feel the same way you do? What about the people who don’t make lists? Are they still driven to succeed with their motto, “Live life to the fullest” or do they have some other drive to succeed every year?

The study concluded the percentages of Americans who are either driven, infrequent or rarely making New Year’s resolution lists. Whether you are usually apt, seldom, or never making resolution lists, check out the following statistics:

New Year’s 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 meet their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions

Did you notice the interesting fact on the bottom of the table? Do you agree with this result? Are you more likely to meet your goals if you planned for them through resolution lists, or are you more successful without the compiled agenda? If you really wanted to lose weight, do you have to remind yourself before the year starts? Aren’t you motivated when you see someone walking by you who is either your idealistic image or someone bigger than you? It’s your life. You decide how you should organize your goals.

The following are organized goals by the type of resolution with categories summarized by self-improvement, health, financial ambitions, and relationships:

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%

The overall demand for change targets ourselves, and what we have to change or refine from within. Do you agree that you should change on the inside before you start shedding off those unnecessary pounds on the outside? Right – fat is on the inside as well, but we cannot see self-improvement with sugar-coated smiles. Smile simply because you are happy with your own life, not because you can.

Do you agree with money over relationships? I thought money doesn’t buy happiness! Well, let’s face it. It was close! Unless your friends and family are contributing to your money related ambitions, friendships will not pay the bills. Effective communication – certainly! Try to persuade the bill collectors this year! I am sure they will understand your “extenuating circumstances beyond your control.”

Age cannot be controlled. I’m sorry, but we are constantly aging by the millisecond! The study found that more people, around my age, do something from their resolution list than people around their own parents’ age. If you don’t agree with this, let me know. I am definitely in favor for this one. Although the number of participants is not known, 14% is certainly something to brag about.

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%

Are we there yet? The time it takes to complete the resolutions are typically the first week of the New Year, but how often are they carried out until June? If weight loss is a resolution, the summer may definitely play an important role in commitment. Who wouldn’t to flaunt their results?

Length of Resolutions Data
Resolution maintained through first week 75%
Past two weeks 71%
Past one month 64%
Past six months 46%

Now, what can we get from this study of last year’s resolutions to focus on the new beginning that starts today? Well, for starters, the resolution lists from last year will most likely transition into this year. No big deal with second chances. Are you going to continue making lists or will you live life without a predetermined path? Do you feel like proving the 10x chance at success is wrong without following a list this year?

Well, regardless, are you going to represent that lower percentage (8% from last year) to achieve what you wanted to achieve? Don’t ever place yourself as one of the 24% from last year who feel failure and regret to themselves and the people around them.

This study obviously did not mention how many subjects represented the country within six months. This study also lacked ethnicity, marital status, income, residential status (rural, urban or suburban), and of course – gender – to accurately determine who is part of the successful group of Americans. I am a 23-year-old, white male suburban resident of East Hartford, Connecticut. Do I have a greater chance at success than another 23-year-old, white male  Hartford? Regardless of my place for this year, what is yours?

It’s your life. Change starts now! Just breathe, keep pushing through every day, and understand that you do have support at WordPress and in your local area. Feel free to ask around.

If you have any weight loss blogs, please refer me to them at the comment section below. If you have any organizational blogs, with tips to organize and succeed, let me know those links as well. Are you a member of your own Frugal Anonymous group? Send me an invite to your next meeting! I will make a page to acknowledge these inspirational people.

WordPress community, let’s make a change today, tomorrow, and forever – together.

Note: I would have published this earlier, but I was spending quality time with my mother.😉

One Step Forward; A Brief Discussion on Controversial Resolutions for 2013

27 thoughts on “One Step Forward; A Brief Discussion on Controversial Resolutions for 2013

    1. Thanks for acknowledging that! All it takes is one person to make a difference with another person, and then that person helps someone else whom helps another person when they are stable enough. It’s a beautiful cycle of paying it forward. It’s a pyramid scheme that will actually work!

  1. Rose Sabia says:

    I make a list of things to do each day. It’s actually like a daily resolution list. As I complete each item on the list, I physically cross it out and concretely see my progress. When items ‘to do’ are written down, it keeps me focused and becomes REAL! At the end of the day I look at the list and see all the cross outs and feel satisfied that I accomplished my daily goals. Maybe if I wrote down, ‘don’t eat too much’, I won’t! Gonna try that today when I write my ‘to do’ list. Tony you just helped me think outside my ‘New Year’s Resolution’ box! loloool Maybe just maybe I can keep some of mine if I write it down daily….baby steps…..

    1. Rose Sabia says:

      Oh and…Good boy! for spending some quality time with your mom…it’s really what we want on every occasion. Things are not important to us anymore. Our sons are……<3

    2. Ah, that’s almost like a daily chores list! Instant gratification – that’s probably the only reason why daily resolutions are easier to follow than a predetermined yearly one. Anyone will follow simple tasks like, “Do laundry,” vs. “Buy new summer clothes!” I am glad I can help. I am glad another mother can agree! Take care, dear. Thanks for stopping by.😉

  2. Every little bit of effort helps when it comes to building a better, happier world and encouraging human thriving. Just warming up your corner of it makes a difference. It is difficult to keep one’s perspective in a culture that is barking mad, a culture whose values and priorities are almost guaranteed to drive the ordinary person who is not rich, glamorous, famous, young, sexy and wildly successful into a state of self-doubt and despair. Resist.

    1. Yes, if one person can help another who can also help someone else – this chain reaction will produce amazing results of effective networking. It is extremely hard to maintain confidence and security within society if society alone has higher expectations for everyone participating. I wrote a research paper,”The Underlying Self Identity of Women in Tunisia; the Psychological Impact of Familial and Societal Pressures on Young Tunisian Women,” because I wanted to focus on the Third World problems. What other culture would be intriguing to write about? Tunisia! The pressures of family and society are extremely difficult to handle. I might share this paper in a future post. Thanks for stopping by! Take care.

  3. I think part of the problem in keeping resolutions is taking one’s time to compile them in the first place. Some resolutions are no more than “wishes”, which isn’t a bad thing but without a plan as to how to keep our resolutions, there’s no chance we’ll be successful.

    Resolutions should compiled based on sound strategy. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves before we even begin. For example, let’s say weight loss or even weight control is one of my resolutions. Instead of just saying, “I’ll eat healthier”, I need to qualify what EXACTLY healthy eating is. Maybe I should add, I will plan healthy meals.I will eat fruit and veggies every day. I will only bring healthy food into my home.I will do this by shopping the perimeter of the store. I will develop a strategy for eating away from homes. I will tell myself not every special occasion is an excuse to indulge.

    My blog is about depression so strageties are even more important where maintaining healthy mental living is the goal. It NEVER works to just say, “Next year I won’t get depressed.” Not going to happen without a plan.

    Hey, wait a minute. I’m “blogging”. I need to go “home” and quickly get these thoughts down. Sorry. Didn’t mean to take up your precious blogging space. Again, really like this particular post of yours. Keep up the good work. I’ll be back.

    1. Yes, you are absolutely right! Instead of seeing it as a, “Things to Do” list, it’s more of a, “I wish this would happen now” list. Although you wish upon different things to happen, how do you keep track without keeping track? Great point! You also make a great point about the drive to do vs. the drive you can. Anyone can say that they can do this or they can do that. When someone says that they will do it, a stronger relationship within themselves secures a closer rank to the top of success. Moderation is extremely important for healthier alternative decisions this year. If you know that one cookie will lead to two, just don’t entice it with one. If drinking soda was a resolution, just stop buying it. It’s much easier to remove something from our system if we are not dependent on it at least once a day. Thanks for sharing that!

      I am glad you are one of the depression blogs that advocates for those suffering. Depression is extremely difficult to handle, especially without the support. Everyone will have their high and low moments in life, but depression is something to fix now rather than waiting for next year. If today didn’t work, reflect upon your feelings tomorrow. Depression is patient because it feeds on optimism everyday. It will be there tomorrow if you don’t tell it to leave today.

      No, that’s not a problem. Thank you so much for your time! I really wanted to engage with my viewers on this. Take care. It was a pleasure to talk to you about this in depth!

    1. WOW! She is an extremely inspirational young woman! That’s amazing! Incredibly amazing. Thanks for sharing! I hope more people come along to share their inspirational weight loss bloggers. You can never define success without “us”.😉

      1. LOL yes :p
        Yeh my daughter IS amazing. She inspires me every day in many ways. So does my other daughter and my son. But, can you imagine 115+ pounds???

      2. Oh, yes, I know exactly what 100 pounds can do! My friend from elementary and middle school dropped that much in a year. I did not recognize her at all! I gave her an official hug where my fingers actually met up with each other. I would die if I lost 30 pounds! haha My weight loss story isn’t much, but it definitely helps. I am extremely fortunate to stop my soda intake for a few years already.😉

  4. gabriellesymone says:

    I definitely believe in the importance of community and support. Keep doing what you love, like minded souls will come and support you.

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I always felt the same way. When I was in the city a few years ago, there was a homeless man begging for some money to buy a coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. I believed him, so I gave him the money. I watched him buy his coffee. It was cold that day too. Yeah, I almost told him to go fly a kite when he wanted cigarette money, but I still bought his coffee. That was enough. Karma came back around when I needed bus money.

      I searched all over the commuter campus of my university. It only has five buildings. I dug into the furniture trying to find change. I was short forty cents. The librarian felt something inside, and gave me a dollar. I asked if she wanted the change I found, but she insisted I should keep it. She wanted to see me go home, and I did. If it were a warmer day, I would have walked it. It’s only 9 miles, and I have done that walk a few times. Pay it forward.😉

  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Um, was that a rhetorical Q, do I agree with the result that people who state a resolution are “10 times more likely to succeed”?

    because I don’t (pardon me!). I’m more a logic person than maths, & I cannot attest ‘my logic’ is always ‘logical’, but if:

    45% usually make NYRs
    17% infrequently do
    38% never do

    and 8% are successful
    49% are infrequently so,

    then wouldn’t it be, like:

    45 in 100 make NYRs; so those 45 are 100% Resolutioners
    17 in 100 infrequently make NYRs; so 17 become 100% Infrequent Res’ers

    so
    8 of those 45 are successful Resolutioners
    roughly half of those 17 are infrequently successful – so, say 8.5 of them

    hence
    25, or 25% are on/off successful.

    Ah no, forget it, I’ve lost my way in my own head. You didn’t say anything like the 8% successful resolutioners being connected to the 45% of Resolutioners…

    Good night, thanks for the brain exercise!

    Great post ☺

    1. Wow! Way to wake up, and smell the brain frying! Thank you so much for your feedback on this! It was greatly appreciated. Do you have any resolutions for this year? Perhaps, more brain exercises? haha Yes, I actually recommend that one. That is very healthy to do, especially before you reach the age of having CRS (can’t remember shit!). Thank you so much for stopping by. It was a pleasure to hear from you. Take care.

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