When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’ Eve, people vow to make changes: lose weigh, eat better, quit smoking, spend less, save more. Out with the old and in with the new – this is the yer those resolutions will be kept.
As January ends, resolutions get put on the backburner. The idea that there is still plenty of time sets in. People make excuses to feel better about failing, but it’s the same every year.
I’ve never been the New Year’s resolutions type, but not because I don’t want to better myself. I just don’t need a date attached to making changes.
Resolutions are meant to be broken and there are numbers to prove it. According to a survey done by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Weight Watchers this month, 65 per cent of Canadians made resolutions for 2015.
While that’s up from the roughly 51 per cent of Canadians who made resolutions in 2014, there’s a difference between making and keeping resolutions. In 2014, according to Statistic Brain Institute, only 8 per cent of Americans who made resolutions kept them.
You can see the trend in both Canada and the U.S., keeping resolutions for an entire year is a rare occurrence .
But people can turn things around. Set goals, start small, and don’t tackle everything at once. Most of all don’t let the date on the calendar dictate when those changes will, or should, be made.