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5 Slightly Depressing Facts About New Year’s Resolutions

 

Whether you’ve already got your New Year’s Resolutions planned, or you never do them because you know you are destined to fail, these New Year’s Resolutions facts are sure to get you to think twice about setting those giant goals (unless you’re actually committed to tracking your progress on a consistent basis)!

 

1. Only eight percent of people are successful in keeping their New Year’s Resolutions

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Breaking the number from Psychology Today down even more, 22 percent of people fail after one week, 40 percent after a month, 50 percent after three months, 60 percent after six months, and 81 percent after 24 months.

 

2. More people in their 20s keep their resolutions than people older than 50.

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Oh, but why don’t you remind us once more how terribly “lazy” and “unmotivated” millennials are, baby boomers…?

 

3. There are three main reasons why people don’t achieve their New Year’s goals

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1. Unclear/vague goals, such as “I want to be healthier” vs. “I want to lose 15 pounds by March 1st.”

2. Not noting progress with facts/stats. (Ex: Judging weight loss by how you feel in your clothes vs. documenting actual weight lost on regular basis).

3. Poor self-control and regulation (duh).

 

4. Top three New Year’s Resolutions last year were:

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1. To lose weight

2. To stay organized

3. To spend less/save more

And 25 percent of the people wanting to lose weight want to lose more than 40 pounds!! But according to all these stats, most of us are just as fat and unorganized and terrible with money as we were last year. And according to GOBankingRates.com, “Spend less/save more” is already the number one resolution for people in 2017. (Okay, but is that a really reliable statistic to hear from a banking site?)

 

5. 24 percent of people fail on their resolution EVERY YEAR.

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Thanks to our evil Kermit, probably. BUT NOT NEXT YEAR!! (But probably also next year).

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