The Most Common Resolutions… and How to Actually Keep Them

We’re approaching the six-month mark, and I bet New Year’s resolutions are the furthest thing from your mind. Naturally so, since we typically focus on setting resolutions when the year itself is about to reset.

Take a second and consider what it’d be like to set a resolution today, mid-year, far from the pressures of the crisp, clean “January” looming on your calendar. Sounds like it could actually work, doesn’t it? We think so. In fact, we think the renewing powers of this time of year could be better for goal-setting than New Year’s.

Still envisioning that resolution? Good, stay with us, because in this post we’re going to break down the most commonly set resolutions and talk about how best to keep them.

Humans. We’re not all that different, especially when it comes to setting goals and working towards self-development. In fact, research pulled by digital marketing and analytics agency iQuanti showed that in 2016, almost 160 million people searched for information surrounding the same seven New Year’s resolutions. That means, if you were pursuing one of these seven most common resolutions, you’d be sharing in that pursuit with an average of 22,857,142 people.

Talk about working towards a common goal.

So, what are the most common New Year’s resolutions? Although this iQuanti report was compiled from research conducted from January to October 2016, we believe the popularity of these seven resolutions still rings true. In order of most-searched:

  1. Get Healthy, with 62,776,640 searches
  2. Get Organized, with 33,230,420
  3. Live Life to the Fullest, with 18,970,210
  4. Learn New Hobbies, with 17,438,670
  5. Spend Less/Save More, with 15,905,290
  6. Travel, with 5,964,130
  7. Read More, with 4,746,560

Now that’s a lot of zeros. So many, in fact, that the total number of searches totals a whopping 159,031,920, up by almost 7 percent from last year’s searches, which numbered 149,083,810.

Got your pen and paper handy? Here are some takeaways from this research:

  • More and more people are interested in setting and keeping resolutions, given the boost in total searches
  • More and more people are failing their resolutions, given the fact that a steady 8 percent of people actually keep them (specifically, a 6.5 percent increase in failure…ouch)
  • These people are setting wishes, not resolutions, and this is most likely why people can’t successfully keep them

Goal-keeping strategies are great. Some of our tips for keeping resolutions involve planning, preparing, and tracking progress. Most people can’t jump cold turkey into a major life change, so it makes sense that there are plenty of helpful mechanisms along the way.

But, let’s back up. Before pulling out your planner, downloading a slew of new apps, and heading over to Lululemon, let’s start from the beginning – with your resolution. Take a look at those top seven goals up there. What do they all have in common? They’re vague. Ambiguous. Unequivocally evasive, if you ask us. They lack structure, intention, and action. They don’t have a plan.

That’s the problem, people. These top seven resolutions as determined by iQuanti? They’re essentially wishes. Each year, as people Google a slew of inspirational quotes and sign up for the discounted gym package, they’re missing one crucial thing: an actual resolution.

We’re here to remedy this nation-wide problem. Resolution Club was created as a simple, accountability-based program that manages your resolutions and your support community. It’s a software designed to help you better yourself and the world.

Resolution Club helps people make resolutions and not wishes by forcing you to whittle your resolutions down to bite-size pieces for daily consumption, like vitamins. When using Resolution Club to create and manage your New Year’s resolution, you’ll learn how to break up your goals into the necessary action steps.

For example, Resolution Club turns the number one resolution of “get healthy” into “I will run 2 miles every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 30 days”.  This turns a lofty wish into an actionable, planned resolution that sets a daily intention. This is awesome for a couple reasons:

  • It takes care of the hard work for you. No, it won’t run the three miles on your behalf, but by setting resolutions with intention, you no longer have to wake up and wonder, “What the heck am I going to do today to work on that goal?
  • It takes off the pressure. By setting resolutions with intention, you’ll seamlessly integrate your goal into your daily routine, almost mindlessly. This is important because a key to a successful resolution is to pursue a lifestyle, not a temporary change.

So, per our new – and most impactful – goal-keeping tactic, let’s give those top seven resolutions a make-over. And, to further encourage our year-long resolution-setting strategy, let’s assume we’re starting these on June 1.

  1. Get Healthy = “I will do 10 minutes of yoga every morning for 60 days.”
  2. Get Organized = “I will clean one room of the house every Sunday for six weeks.”
  3. Live Life to the Fullest = “I will travel to a new city every month for 12 months.”
  4. Learn New Hobbies = “I will try one new hobby every month for six months.”
  5. Spend Less/Save More = “I will pack my lunch every weekday for a month.”
  6. Travel = “I will plan one week-long vacation every six months for three years.”
  7. Read More = “I will read one new book every two weeks for six months.”

Notice the specificity and intent in these resolutions. The people setting these won’t be questioning what they’re doing that day or how they’re working toward their goal. They already know the plan, as their resolution has taken care of it for them.