When we think of New Year's celebrations, we often think of making resolutions. The tradition of making New Year's resolutions dates back to the early Babylonians.
During this week, millions of people around the world will formulate plans to improve their lives. Questions abound. What are yours? Can I achieve mine? And so on.
Experts say the goal to achieving those resolutions is to make sure the goal is within reach, worthwhile and important to the goal setter. A new act takes 14 days to become a habit to most people, and an old habit takes between 21-30 days to break. Experts say the fastest way to get into a new groove is to get a partner and stay excited/motivated about the goal. In 2013 the top 10 resolutions were:
10. Get organized
9. Read more or start a new hobby
8. Learn something new or start a new job or business
6. Go on more trips
5. Clear debts and save money
4. Drink less
3. Quit smoking
2. Get healthier, eat better and exercise regularly
1. Spend more time with family or find a better balance between work and life.
With these in mind, the Empire-Tribune asked local residents what their resolutions for the upcoming new year are. Here are some of the responses:
• Miranda Fillips Thames - No 'resolutions' — just be happy, spend time with family and serve God! I've had enough stress this year, no need for disappointment if I make and break a resolution.
• Dublin Police Chief Shawn Fullagar - Well, I bought a home gym and my primary resolution is to start a fitness regimen and eat better.
• Jennifer Hicks - My resolution is to spend less time on electronic devices like cell phone, computer, etc. and spend more time as a family with my husband and daughter.
• Tarleton Head Basketball Coach Lonn Resiman - To help student/athletes achieve their goals and help bring faith into their lives.
• Stephenville PD Sgt. Sha King - I don't usually make New Year's resolutions
• Judge Tab Thompson - Resolutions for the new year are fun, but I don't really make New Year's resolutions. I think that type of self-evaluation needs to take place year-around.
• ECVFR Coordinator Chris Brooks - My resolution would have to be to get more involved with not only my community, but also to put myself in a position to better help this fire department, but all the others in the county as well.
Here are some numbers on resolutions from the past few years.
• 63 percent of people will keep their resolutions after the first two months.
• 67 percent of people actually make three or more resolutions.
• The top resolutions usually involve promises to exercise more (37%), increasing the time devoted to study or work (23%), losing weight, stop smoking or drinking alcohol and/or coffee and eating healthier.
• People make more resolutions to start a new habit (84%) than to break an old one (16%).
• 65 percent of people made their resolutions between Dec. 28 and New Year's Day. The rest usually take up until the end of January to set a resolution.
• Of those who successfully achieved their top resolution, 40 percent of them did so on the first attempt. The rest made multiple tries, with 17 percent succeeding after more than six attempts.
So, make some resolutions, get excited and leap into the new year with new purpose!