Don’t be an eight-percenter

TJ Waldorf
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Two more days until the new year is officially here. And that means…..lots of impending, or already decided upon resolutions. What’s yours?

Here’s a glimpse at what ‘most’ Americans proposed to themselves in 2012, and my guess is that it’s not a whole lot different as we head into 2013 (thankfully we are still alive and the world didn’t actually end).


1: Lose Weight
2: Getting Organized
3: Spend Less, Save More
4: Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5: Staying 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

The resolutions, as they stand, are not the interesting part, in my opinion. It’s the average success rate of resolutions in general. IT’S ONLY 8 FRIGGING PERCENT! That being said, you are 10 times more likely to attain your goals if you explicity lay them out as a resolution vs. implicity deciding you want something- Not a bad stat.

As for me, well…….I have three [main] resolutions for 2013. Here they are:

  1. Start a blog and begin writing again. I got the ‘start’ part down, and fully intend to keep this rolling. Hoping my readers will keep me to this. Check back regularly and make sure I’m sticking to my word. If I slip up, contact me and yell at me- I’m cool with it.
  2. Add a professional certification to my portfolio. I had planned to do this one last year….and didn’t. I guess I am a statistic. Giving it another shot this year.
  3. Enjoy more of life. While this one is a bit more challenging to quantify, it doesn’t matter. I read a semi-obvious, yet still startling breakdown of the hours spent in life working and sleeping, so my goal is to make sure I am making the absolute most of hours I have. For me, and my family.

Well….Best of luck on your resolutions. DON’T BE AN 8-PERCENTER!

Move fast. Move forward.

Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology

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