In 2013 I Resolve to …

What I think about my chances of keeping a resolution

If you were expecting to read about some grand New Year’s resolution, you won’t find it here! The last one I made, which was decades ago, was to stop making any. I can’t be trusted with a resolution — something always comes along to help me break it. Allison Basile, a psychotherapist in Brunswick, might tell me it’s because my resolutions were only wishes.

“To simply have a desire to change does not mean you are ready to change,” says Allison. “Resolutions are wishes and may not be rooted in willingness to alter behaviors that are comfortable or comforting.”

I just took a moment to see what I wrote about resolutions last year. It turns out I actually made one to exercise my brain more. I forgot all about it, which means I either didn’t keep the resolution, or I need to start worrying about my memory. I think I won’t start worrying now. It’s New Year’s Eve and I only want to enjoy myself.

Before I go, I found some interesting statistics about New Year’s resolutions that you might enjoy.

Rank Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2012
Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
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%

Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Published: 12.13.2012

I hope you have a wonderful and happy start to the New Year. If you made any resolutions, I wish you success!

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.