Monday, 18 January 2016

Why we fail at following through with resolutions

About 40% of adults make a New Year’s Resolution every year. Out of those, only about 25% will have broken one or more of them within two weeks. But by the end of January, the failure rate increases to 64%, according to John Norcross, a psychology professor at the University of Scranton and author of Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions.

According to Norcross, the top five resolutions made each year are:
  • Weight loss
  • Improve finances
  • Exercise
  • Get a new job
  • Healthier eating
Out of these five, weight loss, exercise and eating healthy are easiest.

What’s the average length of time someone stays with their resolution?

Resolution maintained through first week-----75% of people
Past two weeks ---- 71% of people
Past one month ---- 64% of people
Past six months ---- 46% of people

These statistics show an alarming number of people failing to follow through with their resolutions.
In fact, it’s estimated that 75 percent of all New Year’s resolutions will end in failure. So, if we’re so determined to change at the beginning of a new year, why do so many fail at following through?

Find out in our next post in the series: Some reasons why we fail.


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