The Newnan Times-Herald


Keeping Resolutions

  • By Maggie Bowers
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  • Jan. 25, 2017 - 12:36 AM

The end of January is quickly approaching and for those who started the new year off with a list of resolutions, now is the time to assess.  

According to Statistic Brain (, people who explicitly set goals for changes and achievements for the months ahead are ten times more likely to attain those goals than those who do so in a casual manner.

Despite this promising data, however, of the 41 percent of Americans who make resolutions, nearly half of those reported having had infrequent success in keeping promises for items like exercising more, losing weight, spending less, and being with family more.

In fact, Statistic Brain noted that dedication dwindles after just two weeks. The site’s collection of data showed that only 68 percent of people continued focusing on beating habits and creating better ones after two weeks. The percentage dwindles to 58 after one month, and, midway through the year, less than half of those who intended to make changes remain on track.

Several factors contribute to a lack of success in following through with or achieving goals, including time constraints, motivation, and setbacks like health or other life changes.

The following articles can help to keep you and your family on track in continuing to break negative habits and make positive changes.