Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

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Ever wonder what it would take to increase your chances of achieving your New Year’s Resolutions?

The odds are certainly against you.  Psychology Today magazine reports nearly 50% will make at least one New Year’s Resolution but only 8% will actually achieve them.  If you’ve been around me for a while you know I study this question of what’s the difference between those who achieve their goals and those who don’t a lot.  Funny, these numbers are similar for almost every type of major change whether it’s personal or organizational.

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change; become a better version of yourself”  Madonna

Madonna’s quote says it all and the sentiments expressed are our desires to do better… be better… live better.   Our New Year’s Resolutions is one way of saying if I achieve these goals I will become a better version of me.

Well, here are the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions as reported by Psychology Today and University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology.

  • Lose weight/Get Fit
  • Get a better job/ask for a raise
  • Manage Stress/Get Healthy
  • Spend less/save more/Pay off your debts
  • Learn something new/Read more
  • Kill a Vice/Quit smoking/Drink Less Alcohol
  • Enjoy life more/Take a Trip/Fall in love
  • Volunteer to help others
  • Achieve Better Work/Life Balance
  • Get Organized/finish off the “to do” list

Take a look at them.  No really take a long hard look at them.  They don’t seem unreasonable or even difficult.  Each of them would enrich our lives if we kept anyone of them.  But why can’t we? Why is it that only 8% will succeed?

Over the next 3 weeks I’ll be blogging on just that topic. Next week I’ll discuss the 5 reasons you’re destine to fail to keep even one of these New Year’s Resolution and the following week I’ll discuss what you can do to be one of the 8%.  I’ll also talk about how succeeding at achieving your New Year’s Resolutions will actually teach you how to achieve any other goal you have whether personal or professional.


Then do two things.

1)      Write down the answers to the following questions.

  1. How many times one or more of the items on the list been on your New Year’s Resolutions list over the last 3 years?
  2. Describe what happened.  Did you achieve your goal and have you maintained it? If not, what happened that it’s still on your list?”  Be as specific as possible. Write down what happened during the year.  What did you achieve? What did you start but not finish and why?
  3. What do you think propelled you towards or sabotaged your success?

2)      Share this post and enlist someone to join you on this journey of discovery.  Research on success confirms if your have someone – an accountability partner – who’s on the same journey will increase your chances of success.

Try it and feel free to send me your comments, questions and thoughts about why people fail to keep their New Year’s Resolutions. What have you got to gain?


Denise Cooper Headshot, 300x395 “Denise Cooper is a reinvention strategist and success coach at CoachHR.  She works with people who have lost their mojo – that wonderful feeling of success that comes from doing what you love to do.

  • In transition and can’t nail that right job?
  • Tired of feeling unfilled at work, facing what seems like an unmanageable challenge or got a habit that’s blocking you from achieving the next level of success?
  • Want to increase your performance and that of your organization by 40%?

Contact Denise at to schedule time to discuss your personalized course for success.”

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