According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology the top 5 new years resolutions people make are:
1. Losing weight
2. Getting organised
3. Make better financial decisions
4. Enjoy life to the fullest
5. Staying fit and healthy
Contrary to what many of my clients may think I have often thought new years resolutions were a bit of a waste of time. First and foremost you should be making a conscious effort to improve your life each and every day, week, month and year regardless of whether there are fireworks and countdowns in the air. Secondly, writing a blanket statement about something you wish for your life without providing a framework of objective measures, time frames and an action plan significantly reduces your chance of success and a stands to reinforce a vicious cycle of failure.
This being said, the consequences for making no new years resolutions at all could be dire. The study showed that 6 months after making a resolution 46% were still adhering whereas of those who made no resolution at all only 4% were still adhering.