What Will You Do in 2018?

By: The Farmers Bank

It’s a new day and a new year! A new year to make improvements on my personal life and do good deeds. This year I am going to make those New Years resolutions and keep them! NOT!! Okay, maybe.

Who really makes those resolutions and keeps them? What do people resolve to do? Well, according to Statistic Brain found on the (everything is true) internet, the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions made in 2017 were:

  • Lose Weight/Healthier Eating
  • Life/Self Improvements
  • Better Financial Decisions
  • Quit Smoking
  • Do more exciting things
  • Spend more time with family/close friends
  • Work out more often
  • Learn something new on my own
  • Do more good deeds for others
  • Find the love of my life

Statistic Brain also tells us that only about 41% of Americans make New Year resolutions and 42% never make a resolution.

I am happy to say that I almost fit into the last category of never making a resolution I used to make them every year, fail early in January and promise to do better next year (why resolve to do something healthy or meaningful in February when you can wait until next year?). The last year I made a resolution, I am proud to say, I kept all year and have continued to keep it to this day. My resolution? I resolved to never ever make another resolution!

Statistics have proven, only 9% of people who made resolutions feel they were successful in achieving their goals. Why is this true? Maybe we don’t plan for how to do things differently. I can’t work out more often if I don’t set a reminder to get in my car and go to the gym. Maybe we don’t know how to obtain that goal. Maybe we just need a little encouragement or guidance on how to get started.

While I am pretty sure I will not be able to help you find the “Love of My Life” (unless you let me introduce you to my handsome, single nephew or the young lady at church who is absolutely beautiful inside and out), I can give you some guidance on how to plan for some of the other resolutions.

Over the course of this next month, we will be addressing some of these areas where we may be able to help. The ideas will not pertain to #3 but I do have at least one really good thought about how to be successful making good financial decisions. I hope you will come back next week to find out what’s going to be a “no brainer” for you as you start thinking about ways you can actually make and keep your resolutions. Maybe, I’ll make a new resolution this year, as well. It’s possible!

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