The Reality of New Year’s Resolutions

Published 01/09/2018

Another December has turned to January. With the turn of the page on the calendar, we have reset the way we view the world. While the end of the year may be steeped in nostalgia, the arrival of a new year offers its own enduring traditions.

Each year, roughly 40% of people make New Year’s resolutions.1 The tradition remains popular even though declarations made by the stroke of midnight tend to fade from memory and our daily routines by the summer. Studies have found that unrealistic expectations and resistance to change contribute to the low success rate.

By comparison, long-term goals transcend the temporary nature of resolutions. With a brighter luster, our long-term goals carry a different weight. They are the future homesteads, retirement nest eggs, college educations and important milestones that keep us looking forward with purpose regardless of what’s trending or the latest headlines.

With such great focus on the substance of our goals, we sometimes forget the reason we set them in the first place. We want to create a better world for ourselves and our loved ones. That is why we actively choose to take meaningful steps today to secure happiness tomorrow. We make plans because we want to be sure of the result, or at least play a major role in influencing the outcome.

As you begin this new year, we encourage you to seize the opportunity to consider all that you may experience, enjoy and discover over the next 12 months. The beauty of beginning a new year is that anything is possible.



1 Katherine L. Milkman, “The Science of Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution.” The Washington Post, January 1, 2018.