According to StatisticBrain.com, about 45% of Americans usually make a resolution.
The percentage that keep their resolutions is, however, much smaller. Only about 8% are ultimately successful keeping their resolution, but 49% report “infrequent success.”
But if you have goals in mind for the year, you’re better off making a resolution. People who make explicit resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t.
So, what can you do to make it more likely that you’re part of that lucky 8%?
Turns out, there’s an app for that. The New York Times website has a round-up of top Android and iOS apps to help remind you of your resolutions.
And if your resolution is related to health or fitness, Techcrunch.com has a nice round-up of gadgets and apps that can help you achieve your goals.
In addition to apps and gadgets, there’s also plenty of helpful advice about keeping your resolutions on the Internet.
Forbes.com lists 5 of the top resolutions that typically don’t work (dieting, quitting smoking, etc.) and offers related strategies that do work. The site also has an insightful article on why New Year’s resolutions don’t stick and how you can overcome those obstacles.
Bankrate.com offers this helpful list of 9 ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions, which includes proper motivation, specific goals, a concrete plan with steps to follow, goal visualization, and more.
BusinessInsider.com offers tips and links to additional resources and apps for 11 of the most common New Year’s resolutions.
If you haven’t made a resolution yet, don’t worry. You can still make and keep one for the year. The most important factor in determining your success isn’t the exact date you start, but how prepared you are to make a change.
And just in case your resolution was to find a faster Internet connection 😉 here’s where you can search for all the EarthLink high-speed Internet services available in your area.
Good luck. And Happy New Year!