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- January 6, 2017

Starting 2017 right

Cheers to a new year and fulfilling your goals

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

So the new year is here: What are you going to do with it?

Many people approach each January making resolutions, intending to improve their lives, their health, their social situations, their looks. The best time to do this is while still basking in the glow of a happy holiday season and an outpouring of love and goodwill of the season from family and friends.

Perhaps the hardest part of setting these goals is exploring within yourself what you really want to achieve during the next year. Are you happy with the status quo except for about 10 pounds? Do you need to step up your game by doing something or aiming toward something specific -- a new job or relationship?

Forty-five percent of Americans always make resolutions, and 17% infrequently do, according to

Only 8% of Americans are successful in achieving their resolutions -- a challenge to all of us. Some 75% maintain resolutions through the first week; 71% past two weeks; 64% past one month; 46% past six months. And 24% never succeed on their resolutions and fail each year.

However, those who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't.

Age seems to matter -- 39% of people in their 20s achieve their resolutions each year, while it goes down to 14% for people older than 50.

The top 10 resolutions are:

1. Lose weight

2. Get organized

3. Spend less, save more

4. Enjoy life to the fullest

5. Stay 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

Even though New Year's resolutions are a time-honored tradition, you've gotta love the 38% who absolutely never make them. Do they think they are already perfect? Are they afraid of failure? Or do they dismiss the practice as one more holiday gimmick?

Perhaps they have perfected the art of living in the moment. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."


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