Need help with your New Year’s Resolutions?

2013-featuredAccording to www.wikipedia.org, a study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail. That's really quite alarming. I hope it isn't an accurate reflection of our perseverance. The same article goes on to tell us that even various ancient cultures have been creating New Year's Resolution for thousands of years.

The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.

I'm a bit doubtful, that the resolutions set today maintain the same solemnise of yester-year. And why should they? Hey! Didn't we survive the end of the world in 2012? That alone could be considered a feat. If you set this as your resolution for last year... congratulations!

Here is a list of the top 10 resolutions people will set this year:

  • Spend More Time with Family & Friends
  • Fit in Fitness
  • Tame the Bulge
  • Quit Smoking
  • Enjoy Life More
  • Quit Drinking
  • Get Out of Debt
  • Learn Something New
  • Help Others
  • Get Organized

Of course these are ones an adult would make, and not everyone is the same. The typical teenage girl's resolution might focus on good looks: she wants to improve her body, hairstyle, makeup, and clothing.

Besides the top 10 resolutions people will set, I also found a list of the top 10 people will break. It really doesn't come as any surprise, but here they are:

  • Lose Weight and Get Fit
  • Quit Smoking
  • Learn Something New
  • Eat Healthier and Diet
  • Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  • Spend More Time with Family
  • Travel to New Places
  • Be Less Stressed
  • Volunteer
  • Drink Less

Funny how both lists seem to be similar....

There are ways you can improve your chances of success.

Will Baum, LCSW, www.willbaum.com provides psychotherapy for individuals and couples, teens, and adults. Therapy includes marriage counseling, various mental health issues -- anxiety, depression, relationship problems, stress, addiction recovery. He has put together a New Year’s Resolution Worksheet which will give you a quick, step-by-step guide to putting together realistic, achievable, and meaningful resolutions for the coming year. It's divided into three sections: Inventory, Resolutions, and Steps. You can preview it below or click here to download it (pdf).

If for some reason you find yourself wanting even more help, watch the trailer below of a book you can buy on Amazon called Achieve Anything In Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals.

jason-bookThe book is written by Jason Harvey who holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Heck... this province is so small, I could almost call him a hometown boy. Jason is a Certified Life Coach and founder of the Limitless Institute, a non-profit organization that funds research into human motivation and personal development.

One doesn't read this book all at once. It's meant to be read one page per day, over the course of the coming year. So it will only take you a few minutes each day.

It's getting a lot of positive reviews. At the time of writing this post, there are currently 77 positive customer reviews about the book. Click here to read the reviews on Amazon. Comprehensive and inspiring, this self help book will teach you how to:

  • Set goals and stick with them
  • Take daily action that creates a ripple effect
  • Stay motivated, focused and balanced
  • Feel happier everyday!!!
  • Define, pursue and celebrate personal success

Who knows? Maybe next year you won't be part of the 88% of those who set New Year resolutions and fail. Click here to order your copy today. Whether you order the book or not, make or break your own resolutions, or even refuse to make any; I'd like to wish you a Happy New Year.

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