The holidays are here! The holidays are here!
Thanksgiving dinner! Hannukah! Black Friday sales! Cyber Monday discounts! Christmas shopping! All the festivities ring with joy and laughter. Eat, drink, shop and be merry seem to be the order of the next few weeks.
Then we all get ready for the New Year. Armed with sturdy resolutions we will soldier on and do like we do every year__ make those cherished New Year's resolutions. But how many will be kept? How many goals will we meet?
According to Statistic Brain (statistics verified by: the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2012) the top 10 New Year's resolutions for 2012 were:
1. Lose weight 6. Learn something exciting
2. Get organized 7. Quit smoking
3. Spend less, save more 8. Help others in their dreams
4. Enjoy life to the fullest 9. Fall in love
5. Stay fit and healthy 10. Spend more time with family
According to the same study, people who are successful in achieving their resolution total 8%, people who have infrequent success make up 49% and people who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year account for 24% of total resolutions made.
Where do you fall on the scale? I know where I do as I never make resolutions solely for New Year's. What I have done with varying degrees of success and what I will do this year is forge ahead and keep pressing for the mark of the prize of my highest calling regardless of the day, date or time on the calendar.
How about you? What are your plans?
Jennifer Lavern is a keen observer of the issues that affect how women view themselves and how they interact with their world.