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Trying something new in the new year

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As the clock ticks down to the new year, many start to think about the next 365 days and what they possibly could achieve. We call them resolutions, but these good intentions are really more like goals - what would we like or hope to do in the new year.

According to the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, the number one goal is to lose weight. All those ads for gym memberships and sales on sports and exercise equipment are about to start! What is your chance of success? Statistics show you have a 75% chance of maintaining your goal through the first week; by the time six months has passed, only 46% of those who make any resolution will still be with sticking with it.

Perhaps that is why just 45% of Americans bother with resolutions at all. Just eight percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution by year's end. Younger people, in their 20s are more successful in keeping a resolution than are people over 50.

Here's the real "takeaway" from all of this: People who explicitly make resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions. With that in mind, go ahead and write down your resolution, read it out loud tonight, and tomorrow, get started on seeing it through! You'll never succeed if you never try! Here's to a Happy New Year!

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