EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Community News Network

January 1, 2014

10 resolutions you might fail at this year

Lose weight.

Stop smoking.

Get out of debt.

These are some of the most common, and therefor the most failed, New Year's resolutions, with 45 percent of Americans starting out the year with new commitments and only eight percent achieving their goals.

In Time.com's piece, Why New Year's Resolutions Are Bad for You, writer Jessica Lamb-Shapiro looks at the history of New Year's resolutions, how they set you up to fail and what you can do to acheive sucess.

"When you tie your behavioral change to a specific date, you rob yourself of an opportunity to fail and recover, to 'fail better,'" she writes.

According to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology, the 10 most popular resolutions are:

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 in Their Dreams

9. Fall in Love

10. Spend More Time with Family 

Goals like "lose weight" are abstract and lack concrete steps to take, resulting in diminished motivation and eventual failure. Instead, resolve to take specific steps to achieve broader goals, like "exercise three times per week."

 

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
Community News Network

NDN Video
Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream Raw: Woman Escorted From Ferguson Protests California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Holder Hopes to Bring Calm to Ferguson Today in History August 21 Holder Pledges Top Investigators for Ferguson US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List
Photos of the Week