New Year's resolutions are a testimony to an unrelenting desire to be better. While many of us wish for improvements, only 40 to 45 percent of Americans write down intentions to actualize positive changes in their lives. Studies show those who do are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than those who only dream. As popular as resolutions are, many of them get dropped like the Times Square ball before the confetti is swept away. Understanding how to create and keep healthy resolutions can make success easier and, in the process, you can cultivate conviction to benefit your body and mind.


1. New Year's Resolution Success Rates

Adults who make at least one resolution each year most commonly aspire to health management goals such as losing weight, starting or increasing exercise, and stopping tobacco use. This data shows how many stick to this personal goal as the year goes on:

  • after one week: 75 percent,
  • two weeks: 71 percent,
  • one month: 64 percent, and
  • six months: 46 percent.

Research indicates less than half of those who set New Year's goals continue to maintain them past the end of June. This minority discovers and implements ways to succeed at setting and attaining their goals. They prove that it is possible to overcome challenges, setbacks, and apathy to make long-lasting changes for better health.

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