Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Year, New Opportunity

New Year, New Opportunity

According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Psychology, the top 10 New Years Resolutions for 2014 are:

1. Lose Weight
2. Getting Organized
3. Spend Less, Save More
4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
6. Learn Something Exciting
7. Quit Smoking
8. Help Others in Their Dream
9. Fall in Love 
10. Spend More Time with Family

Ironically, with the exception of number 7 and maybe number 9, I believe these have been my new years resolutions every year, ever.  While I cannot confirm the “ever” I can confirm, by revisiting the past 3 years of this blog, at least one of the above has been present in all of the previous 4 years. 

U of Scranton also reports that by now, 2 weeks into the year, 71% of resolutions are still being maintained….but by June this number will drop to just 46%.  On a positive note, “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”  Sounds about right.  It is very challenging to achieve a goal you do not have.

(This concludes the statistical analysis portion of the blog.)

Bottom line, life is a journey.  Every journey begins with a single step.  Not maintaining a resolution for the whole year does not mean the resolution was a failure but a challenge to revisit.  I would like to know what happens once you “achieve the resolution.” Do you just give up?  There is no scorecard.  The journey never ends.

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