It’s 11:59 pm, on December 31st, and you quickly try to think of your New Year's resolution. 12:00 strikes and the ball in Times Square drops, couples kiss, friends hug, champagne is sipped, and your New Year’s resolution begins.
How long can you go before slipping up on your resolution?
In a survey Norcross conducted for his book using 3,036 adults, he found that weight loss, improving finances, exercising, and getting a new job were the top resolutions.
One of the busiest places after New Years is the gym and The International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association -- a nonprofit association that is dedicated to promoting health and fitness and helped with the First Lady’s Let's Move! campaign -- found that in the month of January there is a 12% increase in the number of new members. But they’re happy because they know that within a month they will not see 95% of new members again, according to gym branding consultant Peter Shankman.
Alissa Pena (18’) who up until now has opposed the idea of having a New Year’s resolution. Like most teenagers, she has never made it a full 365 with her resolution, she says,
“I have never been excited about doing my resolution, it feels more like a burden that society puts on you, rather than something I want to work on for myself. I couldn’t get myself to do it, and I think that is also why most teens don’t go through with theirs, they’re simply not interested in it and it does not correlate with their life.”
Dr. John Norocross says, “Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” So next time you find yourself wondering how you’re going to make this big change in your life, remember Dr. Norocross’s steps -- psych, preparation, perspire, preserve, and persist.