Did you make a resolution for 2022? Forbes.com reports that he most popular New Year’s resolutions are “about self-improvement (living healthier 23% of people, getting happy 21%, losing weight 20%, exercising 7%, stopping smoking 5%, reducing drinking 2%). In addition, people resolve to meet career or job goals (16%) and improve their relationships (11%).”
According to an article in The New York Post, “a poll of 2,000 Americans found that it takes just 32 days for the average person to finally break their resolution(s) — but 68% report giving up their resolutions even sooner than that.”
The article goes on to say that one in seven Americans never actually believe they’ll see their resolution through in the first place.
February 1st is typically the day we call it quits on our New Year’s resolutions, according to research. The study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Crispy Green, also discovered the “why” behind our failure to keep our resolutions.
First on the list of reasons our resolutions don’t stick is a “self-aware lack of discipline (52%), followed by busy schedules and lacking the proper time to see them through (43%).”
Studies also show that only about 8% of those who set goals for the New Year will actually go on to achieve them. Even so, Forbes.com lists these reasons why it is a good idea to make them anyway:
#1 – Intention
Being honest with yourself about your current condition and the distance to your preferred situation is key to improvement. And being intentional about how you want to grow and develop will help you achieve results.
#2 – Hope and Engagement
Making New Year’s resolutions is inherently hopeful and optimistic. You expect things can get better for you, for your work experience or for your community. This positive view of the future, in turn, tends to motivate action.
#3 – Responsibility
Most New Year’s resolutions have some impact on others; even if they are about individual self-improvement, they affect families, friends, colleagues and communities.
New Year’s resolutions are terrific ways to focus on yourself, but also to consider your broader responsibility—and to expand and multiply your positive effects on others.
#4 – Inspiration
When you seek to be better, do better or contribute more fully, you tend to inspire others as well. The primary way people learn is through experiencing the behavior of others. When you focus on the future and focus on improvement, you inspire those around you.
At the Vienna Public Library, we have a great number of books in our collection that are available to help recharge and re-inspire your goals. You will find a display near the circulation desk and we would also be happy to offer suggestions and assistance finding selections that are in line with the aspirations that you hope to achieve this year.
Stop in soon to say hello and check out a book that will inspire you to stay the course and help you live your best life. We look forward to seeing you!