The Power Of Resolve (Part 1)

Resolve is powerful. Resolve has caused wars and resolve has ended wars. It has left people bitter and lifted others to choose something better. A large percentage of Americans live without resolve or making any attempt at resolutions. Many have settled to be blown and tossed by the winds of culture, opinion, and whim. These are not just theories or conjecture. According to a University of Scranton survey published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology we find some staggering statistics.  

Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2015

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

News Years Resolution Statistics Data

  • Percent of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions---45%
  • Percent of Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions---17%
  • Percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions---38%
  • Percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolution---8%
  • Percent who have infrequent success---49%
  • Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year---24%
  • People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions

Two observations can be clearly seen from these statistics: 

  1. The vast majority people who make resolutions fail to realize any lasting results.
  2. Those people who fail to make resolutions are 10 times more likely to not achieve their goals than those who do. 

So what can we conclude? 

  1. Resolve and resolutions can be a truly effective way to see lasting change. And making resolutions gives us a better chance of seeing true change than making none at all.
  2. There is something about the resolution, the person making the resolution, or other outside forces that make some resolutions more effective than others.