*I am still laughing at some of the “2017 Resolutions” I see people making online. Most notably this one on Facebook, from EURweb Contributor, Darlene Donloe, that reads:
My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I made a promise in 2014 and planned in 2013. **sigh**
That’s about as honest as one can get, yes? Many of us vow to become a better self whenever a new year rolls around. And bless our heart I know we mean well, but how many of us who set these hefty goals can really say that we’ve accomplished them at the end of the year?
I don’t know about you, but I seem to come up short each year. No matter how I look at it: positive, grateful, the acknowledgement that “there are those worse off than I,” blah, blah, blah… it generally always comes back to: Are you satisfied with what you accomplished?
And the answer is always “No.”
Face it, some of us may be just too darn hard on ourselves, and other maybe not hard enough! I decided to dig deeper and see how we add up collectively in the whole scheme of things. And with the help of a site called Chron.com, I learned about Statistic Brain, another site which compiles data from academic sources.
This site states, “people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”
But how many of us actually take the time to reflect; learn from our past and write down what we’d like our future to look like, year by year?
Statistic Brain says only 45 percent of Americans actually make New Years resolutions; 17 percent make these resolutions infrequently, and a hefty 38 percent NEVER even bother.
Now let’s check out the types of resolutions we make. This could be really revealing when it comes to the end-game.
Uh-oh. Not to be a Debbie-downer, but the site says only 8 percent of us actually achieve our goals (Didn’t I allude to this earlier?). However, the breakdown is that 47 percent of us make education or self-improvement related resolutions; 34 percent of us make money-related resolutions; 38 percent of us make weight-related resolutions; and 31 percent of us make relationship-related resolutions.
So now at least we know that half the population is NOT looking for a significant other! That was just a sidebar comment.
And here’s the breakdown on who actually achieves these resolutions…based on age.
39 percent of people in their 20s are successful in achieving their goals; while 14 percent of people over 50 achieve theirs.
The gap between these two ages were NOT ignored by me! It’s simply not there. So what does THAT mean?
You know that some of us don’t even make it through the first week when it comes to what we resolved to do in any given year.
Talk about inconsistency (My biggest problem!!!)
So here’s the breakdown on resolution maintenance.
Whoa! 75 percent of us actually DO make it through the first week. And 71 percent even hang in there for the first TWO weeks. I am feeling really hopeful to know that 64 percent of us make it past the entire first month!
Oh man, will you believe that 46 percent… ALMOST HALF of us, make it through the first SIX MONTHS of our New Year Resolutions!!!!
OK. This is really inspiring. And you know the only defeat is when you choose to get out of the game, right? So if almost half of us make it to 6 months, why not keep it going 7. 8. 9. 10.11…
…and before you know it, 12!!!
I’m really getting over-excited. Maybe I’d better look into what people who are accustomed to living out loud resolve for themselves in the New Year? Folks like Beyonce, POTUS & FLOTUS, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez and others. What are their resolutions.
I thought so. But we’re going to have to settle for what we resolve FOR them because, to be perfectly honest, we weren’t lucky enough to actually get the info from their lips, so we’ll have to settle for what Chron.com wished for them .With a few comments thrown in by me.
First up: Queen Bey.
Girl, you just can’t help it. You were born to slay!
And Chron.com resolves the “Who Rules the World” singer will :
Continue to rule the world and inspire, because #slay
The First Family we love, will miss and never, ever forget:
Chron.com says you should: Get an Instagram account so the people can still see your adorable couple photos. Serious relationship goals here.
Oh girl! Really?
To actually quit social media. This is more of a social experiment to see what the world would be without her on social media and what she would do rather than posting selfies so often.
Her husband, Kanye West
While I would be happy with a book explaining WTF your rage is all about…
Chron.com wants that book to explain all of your genius ideas to change the world. Maybe then you’ll have some people to invest into getting you out of debt.
Tell the other rappers to stop hatin’ on you just because you know how to make music that gets played on crossover radio…
Chron.com wants you to…
Commit to a relationship. We thought you were team RiRi, but the Christmas Instagram post with Jennifer Lopez had us so confused. But if heartbreak fuels your music, don’t get in a relationship, because we’re liking your music the way it is now.
Make more goofy romance movies! I love them and I’m getting tired of Maid in Manhattan re-runs!
But Chron.com wants you to…Get even hotter in your 40s because you are aging inspiration to us all.
But just between us…we know Black (and Brown) don’t crack, sista!
C’mon girl. Get it together! Stop smoking cigarettes. Get that voice back in shape! We love you!!!
But Chron.com says you should…
Google who Jennifer Lopez is, or stop lying about not knowing who she is.
So what lie … er, resolution have you made for 2017? Holla back in the Comments below.
All the best to you!