An article I read three years ago pointed out that 46% of people who make New Year’s resolutions succeed in keeping them for over six months. I found that statistic very encouraging since we often think of the New Year’s resolution as a failure in the making. In another psychological journal, it was found in one study that people are very likely to keep promises when stated as such. My thought was that a resolution can be stated as a promise to oneself or others, which should further increase the likelihood of success.
My spouse and I took a few minutes today to think about what we would like to achieve this year and wrote out our individual resolutions, things we promise ourselves we will work hard to achieve this year. I have six goals I want to accomplish, one dealing with keeping faithfully to my low sugar program, and another with exercise, the rest were of the more practical or family related. I saved my resolutions document to my computer desk top where I will see it daily which should enhance keeping them in my thoughts.
While the New Year is an arbitrary date, it works for me as the starting point of the next year, and a good time to refocus my goals, hopes, dreams, and general intentions.
I hope we all have a good New Year and go a long way toward achieving our most deeply held desires.
Yours in 2012,
Nan aka Sugarbaby