by Karin Maloney Stifler and Sarah Hannibal2016 blurry logoWelcome 2016! Party hats and champagne toasts aside, about half of Americans set New Year’s resolutions. Another 38% absolutely never make New Year’s resolutions.  No matter which camp you’re in, we thought you’d be interested in 2015 New Year’s resolutions stats from the Statistic Brain Research Institute.

Top Resolutions:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others with their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

Type of Resolutions: (reflects multiple goals)

  • 47%     Self improvement and education
  • 38%     Weight
  • 34%     Money
  • 31%     Relationships

Success Rates:

  • 39%     People in 20s achieve their resolution
  • 14%     People over 50 achieve their resolution

How to increase the odds of success:

  1. Tell people about your resolutions. This creates accountability and a support system.
  2. Post reminders of the benefits you’ll experience when you achieve your goal. This will fortify your determination and motivation.
  3. Break the goal down into small steps. The “walk, crawl, run” approach works well.
  4. Whenever possible, set up automatic action steps. Automation overcomes human procrastination.
  5. Share and celebrate every little success to continue progress towards your goal.

The most compelling statistic is this: People who make New Year’s resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals than those who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

In order to practice what we preach, here’s our resolutions for 2016:

Sarah:  Improve my posture and ride my bike to work ten times.

Karin:  Blog monthly, take tap dance classes, and run two half marathons.

What are your top resolutions in 2016? We’d love to hear from you!