Monday, December 21, 2009

Most Popular New Year's Resolutions

From Wikipedia:

A New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned.

I didn't know resolutions are supposed to start on New Year's eve. I only had one resolution or goal that I started on New Year's Eve and was able to accomplish: I've stopped smoking since Dec. 31, 2002. All other resolutions or goals I made I have either forgotten or abandoned. Hehehe.

In the United States, popular goals include:

* Lose weight
* Get out of debt
* Become more organized
* Maintain a diary
* Save money
* Improve grades
* Get a better job
* Get fit
* Eat right
* Get a better education
* Drink less alcohol
* Quit smoking
* Reduce stress
* Take a trip
* Volunteer to help others
* Be less grumpy
* Be more independent
* Learn something new (such as a foreign language or music)
* Be more of a douchebag

Recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, a system where small measurable goals are used (lose a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

I always believed in goals rather than resolutions. I'm posting this topic to use for my classes/discussions.


J. Diaz said...

excuse me for the intervention, madame.

I think ambition is the right term, which originally, means: "eager or inordinate desire for preferment".

Goal on the other hand, whose meaning dates back around 15th century, means an obstacle or barrier which semantic is now used in football where the "goalkeeper" is seen as the hindrance or barrier.

Have a nice day, madame.

fionski said...

Jade do you mean I should be ambitious rather than have goals?
Thanks for posting. Happy Holidays!

J. Diaz said...

Goal is taking place when one commits himself or herself to ambition. A player, as an example, goals for a score in a game for his ambition to win. Therefore, goal is the action so that ambition is achieved or realized.

Having that in mind, a person must have both goal and ambition.

Wishing you too and your family a happy and warm holidays.

Nick Ballesteros said...

Happy New Year Fionski!