Do you stick to your New Year's Resolutions?

Do you stick to your New Year's Resolutions?
As the new year approaches many people tend to spend some time thinking about how the past year has been, and what they would like to change for the coming year. But truth be told few people manage to keep their promise, and after a couple of weeks or maybe a month or two, they forget all about their resolution/s. I have made my own resolution and am hoping to stick to it. I will try to be more patient and less grumpy this year and my hope is to manage to be more optimistic as a result. Have you ever made a resolution that you managed to keep throughout the year?


Typically, yes. I don't call them new years resolutions though. At the first of the year I review my goals for last year and then write new goals for the new year. I review them periodically through the year and update them. To have success with goals they should not be vague and they should be measurable. A bad goal would be "I don't want to be fat anymore". It is vague and not measurable. It should be "I want to lose 10lbs by March". You can measure your weight daily and update your goal. You should elaborate on the goal as well.

I want to lose 10lbs by March

  • I will do cardio three times per week for 30 minutes (measurable)
  • I will only eat 1700 calories per day until I reach my goal (measurable)
  • I will not eat junk food (sort of vague but can be measured)
When you reach your goal, it is important to update it. If you are happy at your weight, using the above example, you should update it to a maintenance goal. If not, change it to lose more weight by a specific date.
Posted by Lop on 12-24-2016
Wow lop, what a great idea you have here. Yes measureable goals are what one needs in order to succeed. But there are so many that just have goals that are either unattainable or too vague. I will be sure to try writing my goals in this manner.
Posted by angie828 on 12-26-2016
Hi Lop, you are really determined and organized! I wish there will be a year that I can answer "Yes". I am still working hard on this. I always read about goal setting, and it should be SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable and time-bound. I am still learning to make SMART goals as sometimes I can't figure out how to be SMART.
Posted by kaka135 on 07-18-2017
A lot of people practice the 'Making New Year's resolutions' at this time of year but not many know the tradition is based on Paganism, from around 4000 years ago with the Babylonians - during which they would celebrate a 12-day religious festival known as Akitu where they would either crown a new King or swear renewed loyalty to the current King. In theory, this was a good thing as you would so obviously want to participate in a big event for your Monarch. At that time, they would also make offerings, promises to their own local Gods/deities to be more faithful/productive in the upcoming year in hopes the promises would be heard and believed so he (whoever he was) would bestow favor and blessings. The penalty for failing to honor those promises (we call them resolutions) would be falling out of favor with one's God, so very few people failed on resolutions.

A little later, Julius Caesar established January 1 for the start of New Years; January based on their 'god' Janus a deity that looked backward and forward into time and in doing so could see all things. Many offerings were made to Janus at January 1 with similar promises to behave/do good in the upcoming year.

Later on, the practice became popular with Christian/Protestant during the 1700's and now is widely practiced as secular or non-religious by many, though most don't know or understand/appreciate the Pagan roots.

As for myself, I don't make New Years resolutions but strive daily to do better than the previous one. I used to do the resolutions but it didn't work for me. Now, I make tiny corrections to my daily routine (personal, life and work related) as I go along during the year so that I'm not far off course from where I want to be. I will usually look back at my week and ask myself what I could do better. If I see that something is not working for me, then I make the adjustment then or at least make goals, reachable milestones so that i can have the life that I want then and not waiting until a predetermined mark (New Years) to work on that.
Posted by Beverly on 12-24-2016
Beverly, I never knew that resolutions were based on this. Thank you so much for pointing this out.

I have made plenty of New Years Resolutions and some I have not stuck with. I really like your idea of looking back at the week and asking yourself what you could have done better. I think that this would make my life easier. I have many goals that I want to obtain, maybe doing a week in review would be beneficial to me.
Posted by angie828 on 12-26-2016
Jonathan Solomon
Wow, I really learned something interesting today, thanks for that! In life, we form habits (good and bad). No matter the habit, they become spiritual signatures. I generally take your approach towards resolutions. Looking back several days at a time, pondering what I could rectify to better myself as a whole. I shouldn't have to wait for trigger dates like New Years to commence these changes.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 05-21-2017
I think making resolutions like that is better than making one big resolution on Dec. 31 and then breaking it the very next day. People always throw around the cliche word, "New year, new you." but it's nothing more than a catchphrase now. You'll see people exercising at the gym for one week and then they are gone the next. They are made not to keep. You're better off making little goals you know you can keep than trying too hard to become a better person. I think you should keep these things in mind the next time you want to make a resolution. Also, interesting that you cited the pagan roots of New Year's resolutions. Some of the holidays we celebrate are rumored to come from pagan traditions, and we don't think about that fact. Imagine if people were threatened with death if they broke their New Year's resolutions.
Posted by RedVelvetCupcake2009 on 07-08-2017
My new year resolution? Em I've made some over the years and I've come to realize it takes reasonable effort to stick to them. Our new year resolutions are usually designed to take us to the next level, we don't want to be stagnant in life, so one of the best ways to make progress is by making new resolutions and sticking to them. I have a little piece I'll like all my friends to ponder on before this year is over. Hi friends, have you ever thought about your life? Like waking up at night to think about your life? Your relationship with people, why you behave the way you do etc. At some points, we realize a need to change the way we do some things, stop some things or start something new. My lovely friends, it a fresh moment or time to make such a decision. Make it a resolution, yes a resolution, so you can stand someday to say since 2017, I resolved to or not to ........, their is a saying that any success without a history is fake. Make a conscious effort to see that the resolution made is kept, but at any point you find yourself going against your wish, make a stop and say no, I am not going back to the way I use to be. Jesus loves you and wants to help you out, tell it to him. Let your resolution change your life, make it a memorable turning point, this could make all the difference.
Posted by Jeshurun on 12-27-2016
I would definitely need to quit smoking (AGAIN). This was my last years new year resolution and I managed to stay off the cigarettes for about 10 months. Hope this year I can make it till 2018 and maybe even longer than that. In essence I want to quit smoking forever, the reason I restarted is because I had a bunch of Cuban cigars one week and that opened my nicotine needs.
Posted by Cristian on 12-30-2016
Well, I do have some new years resolutions:

  • Find a new career other than freelancing online
  • Stop drinking so much coffee, limit my coffee intake to at least 1 cup a day
  • Quit smoking (which i plan to do after this pack of cigarettes is gone i will be quitting cold turkey - again)
  • Start my real estate classes part-time
These are goals i have for 2017, 2017 is gonna be MY year to get these things done. So I am truly hoping I can accomplish these goals for myself.
Posted by Everett on 01-10-2017
I have made my own resolutions in the past but even though I've been able to stick with them most of the times, I don't have any new resolutions for this year. Not in the same way at least. That being said, I have a few personal things to work on and also some business related choices to do.. But that has nothing to do with new year's resolutions. What I do know, is that 2017 will be better than 2015 and 2016. That's the only thing I can promise myself.
Posted by hitmeasap on 01-13-2017
I don't personally make New Year's resolutions. At the age of thirty, I have become increasingly aware that the only way I will have the life I envision and desire is by my everyday choices and actions. I have goals for myself and I have to commit to the steps necessary to achieve those goals and that is the same on New Year's as well as July 29th. Relentless pursuit of goals, no matter the obstacle is my new MO.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 01-24-2017
I found that whenever I made a New Year's resolution I would never stick to it. For years I would make the same resolution about losing weight, cutting something out of my diet and once I had reached around mid January early February I had broken that resolution. I now don't make resolutions but instead make goals, for example if I would like to lose some weight I decide on a weight I would like to be at by a certain time and I work towards that, I feel that if I make goals over resolutions I tend to stick to them better.
Posted by Shortie on 03-17-2017
Well, I don't particularly make resolutions anymore I rather let them roll along as the year progresses. In my experience making new year resolutions is a sure way of setting yourself up for failure/disappointment. Why should I wait for only one time in a year when I can self-reflect, reflection and improvement should be a journey, not a destination
Posted by Mambombaya on 04-12-2017
Good point of view Mambombaya! I also think the "new year resolutions" it's just a way to set a preliminary goals for the next year, but in most cases this resolutions will not reflecte in our plans after a month or two. I say that becuase , for me personaly, it's pretty hard to set some rules or expectations for the short future, because I like to take it simple, and deal with the situation without preparations.
Posted by birlaandrei on 05-14-2017
Some of them I do it is the stop smoking one I struggle with but am hoping to get a new e-cig which will help me alot I think. I do want to stick to them all specially the career and business ones I have created and I also made a link building one for this year dedicated to my blogs . Which I have stuck to and its going fairly ok so fair.
Posted by moneybags82 on 04-20-2017
I used to make them as a youngster and my favourite was getting a boyfriend within a certain time frame! I think I was setting myself up for failure as I rarely managed it and as an adult I don't make them any more. Does anyone actually make them these days? I always think what an old fashioned concept it is as resolutions can be made at any time of the year if it's something you really want.
Posted by littlewitch66 on 04-30-2017
Well, not yet. One of my New Year's Resolutions is quit smoking and it is very hard. I've not tried yet because when I get home from work I'm just very stressed and I get very anxious, that's why I want to stop smoking on a holiday.
Posted by wezegan on 05-01-2017
I used to make these resolutions until I realized there was no point in trying to set one on the first day of a new year, but to carry through things you've started from previous years.
Posted by Atropia on 05-02-2017
Not quite, I used to make them until I got fed up and quite making many of them. I chose to focus this year on one resolution, and still, I don't see myself achieving it, sadly.
Posted by Lethal63 on 05-04-2017
It's hard, but I try to. There are resolutions which I can't fulfill but gives me motivation to at least try. The resolutions condition me to be productive and is a great way to check up on yourself if you're having a bad time, to cool down from the fast pace of life and see if you're living to the potential your resolutions present.
Posted by viries310 on 05-04-2017
I always wanted to but never did, ever since my 5 th grade I have been taking a resolution but i have never have followed it strictly, the most common resolution i take is to quit smoking but i never did keep up with my resolution and the worst part is i find myself breaking the resolution the next day itself. It is something i feel ashamed of.
Posted by wikifarmer on 05-08-2017
Its all about consistency, and being focus..My advice is to not plan to do a lot of things just focus on one goal and keep reminding yourself why you are doing this.
Posted by Anonymous on 05-09-2017
Honestly, no. The first few months I try to stick to my resolutions, but the issue is that I keep falling through on promises and get too caught up in any problems that come up. Then my resolutions just get pushed to the very end of my to do list and eventually forgotten... maybe it'll be better for me if I make resolutions monthly instead of just one massive compilation of wishes at new years.
Posted by pastelplastic on 05-10-2017
Fluffy Panda
Generally, I do, one of my resolutions was to eat healthier and go to the gym more, and I did and I already feel so much better. I love to exercise now, I never used to and people always look at me weirdly when I say I love going to the gym but it's true. This resolution is one that I am very happy of deciding to do, and I hope I make better decisions like that again.
Posted by Fluffy Panda on 05-14-2017
Yes. The only thing is, I make sure to only set goals that would make a difference to my life. For example, my resolution for 2016 was to finally get my Driver's License. The fact that I made it my resolution really pushed me and I did indeed get to my goal. Generally if it is something you really care about that would really make a difference to your life, you would definitely be more likely to complete it.
Posted by JanicePlatt on 05-14-2017
Yes I have. I have also not stuck to my new years resolution and through this process it made me realize I need to make an extra effort that I need to be reminded of my new years resolution. I use either a sticky note on my mirror, a note on my whiteboard, or a note on my smart phone. I believe that if its something you "truly" want to do, you should have no problem of executing it as it comes from a genuine desire to accomplish it. Plus its easier that way.
Posted by jeremy-k on 05-15-2017
People seem to think new year's resolutions have some kind of special power. They don't. Easter's resolutions, or birthday's resolutions would have about the same effect. I only make a resolution when I feel inspired to go through with it. Yes, there's a whole lot of symbolism around the turn of the year, and it's a time when people are generally feeling happier and more motivated than normal. But is that alone a good reason to make resolutions? I feel most people just go with the flow - everyone's doing it, so you just do it too. You don't need any special pretext to make resolutions for your life. You can make them at any time, as long as you feel you can stick with them. Now, if the new year gives you inspiration, that's great, but don't you just go with the flow!
Posted by kovacs on 05-15-2017
I've managed to stick with my new year's resolution this year. I set out a goal to lose weight and so far I've already lost 33 pounds. I'm almost at my goal weight, which is 152 pounds (only 2 pounds to go). So this year I did well. However, It's the first time I actually stick with my new year's resolution. So, to answer your question, no, I usually don't stick with them. And from what I hear, I'm not alone. Most people also drop their resolutions halfway through February.
Posted by FatManX on 05-16-2017
For many people, a new year's resolution is just a mere wish list for fun. In many instances, after the new year celebrations are over the resolution is completely forgotten and life just goes on as before. There may be others who may seek to live up to the promises in their resolution list but more often than not, many of them may not be achieved.
Posted by explorerx7 on 05-18-2017
Rhomhie Morelh Campo
Not really because, sometimes there are instances that you think it is not applicable to that situation and you disregard what you had created in your new years resolution.
Posted by Rhomhie Morelh Campo on 05-18-2017
I try to do my best but I'm never able to stick with the new year resolutions for more than 10 days.
Posted by youbiz on 05-22-2017
That is the same as me which is why I have given up on new year resolutions, to be honest. I am never able to stick with them and sometimes I have broken them within a few days. I just think they are pretty stupid, if you really did want to stop something then you should try it out anyway and not have to wait until a new year to try to give it up. Most of my new year resolutions have been stupid anyway yet extremely difficult for me to go through with them - eat much less chocolate :D
Posted by kingcool52 on 08-22-2017
I keep my new year's resolution easy so I can stick with it until the end of the year. My current new year resolution is to lessen junk food/processed food. So far, I'm still on it.
Posted by rvnaclw on 05-25-2017
I personally don't make New Year's resolutions because I find it difficult to stick with them. There's always something new coming up in something that is more important at the moment. I find it okay to make New Year's resolutions but me personally I prefer not.
Posted by Anonymous on 05-30-2017
Every year during the New Year time, I make resolution, however, in most cases I fail to keep up with my new year resolutions. Even though I always make realistic new year resolutions, I am unable to work the resolutions for me. Interestingly, I never fail to make new resolutions for the new year. This year, I made couple of resolutions. Five months gone and none of my resolutions have been materialized.
Posted by vinaya on 06-02-2017
I didn't make the resolutions... I made a list of things that I wanted to focus on more instead. I have been doing it for the second year in a row and yeah, it works better than resolutions.
Posted by eva.ling on 06-05-2017
I never keep any, I find that if you're not able to follow them, it ends up making you feel disappointed when you reach the end of the year and look back. I just let my life go with the flow, improving as I go, making plans when they're needed to be made. Stressing over what you should be doing isn't going to help. It's better to just keep going, accepting any faults or unexpected events, and just hoping for the better. Let it go with the flow.
Posted by BlueFray on 06-05-2017
The date just changed to half of this year gone and I can say with confidence, I did not keep my resolution. I only had one, and that was to meditate every day. I even got an app to keep track so I was doing everything in my power not to set myself up for failure. Am I mad at myself for not keeping it up? Absolutely not. I definitely put in a good effort and even though my goal was to meditate daily, I am still meditating on average once every few days. That is doubled compared to this same time last year.
Posted by Lizzyib on 06-07-2017
I never do. I've actually quit making them the last few years because its just not a system that works for me. I make goals and work towards different things my own way, and it's usually a lot more complex then just deciding do stop doing or start doing a thing on one day a year.
Posted by baksam13 on 06-07-2017
I used to make new years resolution but then I thought to myself, why make them when you can make any resolution at any time not just wait until the new year to do so.
Posted by simplym on 06-08-2017
I really wish that I could keep my New Years Resolutions. I've stopped making them for myself due to my inability to keep them. Plus, I'll find myself waiting until January to start new things or lifestyle changes. Start now!
Posted by Madelyn on 06-10-2017
Yeah, I never do any new year resolutions because whenever you have "resolutions" or targets, why do you need to do it only on new year and then set it in increments of one year. I think creating short term targets and goals are better because you can update it and you can keep track of it easier. For example, I track my weight training in increments of 2 months and I update my weight loss goals every 6 weeks or so. I think this is more realistic.
Posted by lordrenly on 06-11-2017
usually I do that on my birthdays, That's when I make plans for my new year and Look back what I was Able to do and not!! I try to stick to it But Never finish them, There is always dome pending goals to finish then they become my priority in the following year :-)
Posted by Clara1993 on 06-11-2017
Every time I make a new years resolution I fail at accomplishing it, however to my surprise this year I made just one New Years resolution and have been keeping up with it. I am so glad that I decided to challenge my self one last time with this resolution because I truly think its the core of the resolution. I feel so accomplished and motivated and I will continue making new resolutions each year.
Posted by lyudmilka78 on 06-12-2017
My New Year's Resolution was to stop drinking coffee. Its not that I think coffee is bad for my health. It's just that I wanted to prove I had will power and was not addicted. Drinking coffee is like a water faucet. I can turn it on or off. People can give up cigarettes. I can give up coffee. It was the first day of the year and I didn't even make through the morning. I had to have a cup of coffee. I'm weak! Ah well! Hopefully, there will be another New Year! :)
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 06-13-2017
Not really. I just don't make new year resolutions, since I know i would probably not stick to them. I just live every year as it comes, trying to do my best without any specific goal in mind, any specific improvements or something similar. I don't even see why I should wait the next year to achieve a project or become a better person.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 06-14-2017
I've never been very good at sticking to New Year's resolutions but I'll keep trying until I get it right.

One thing I've decided is that any day is a good day to set new resolutions if you want to achieve something badly enough. Right now I'm trying to cut down on the amount of time I spend online but I'm not doing a great job so far. However I've been successful in switching off my computer before 10pm every night for over a month now and I'm determined to stick to that habit.
Posted by Gina145 on 06-14-2017
I really dont stick to what I have planned on the last day of the year, I wonder why. I guess sometimes I just get distracted. I guess sometimes it takes just some time to realize that I might not know what I want. I mean, I know what I want in life, but I have no plan, a procedure to follow, anything. I am very hapy to have come across this topic. It makes me feel good, I think from now on I will just plan and follow my plan. It doesn't matter if half year have passed already. I can always make a plan right now and just start doing what I should do.
Posted by AntwanCeja on 06-15-2017
I never take up any new year resolutions. The main reason is that I always badly fail in pursuing them. Like this year my resolution was to exercise regularly and lose weight. Around half of the year has passed and I have not lost even a pound of weight.

I would love to read measures that can make me start and stimulate me to stay stimulated.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 06-16-2017
I stopped making new year resolutions when I was in high school. No matter how hard I try to stop smoking, I just can't. I stick to the goals that I know I can achieve, but I don't feel that I really have to follow through them abruptly. People are creatures of habit. We want to change, but in the end we really have a hard time doing so.
Posted by missionreport on 06-16-2017
I don;t really make resolutions anymore, simply because I just can't follow them at all. I would list down a lot on my resolution and end up stressing myself over something because I just can't do it with all the work I'm already doing. So I stopped making a resolution, and now that I haven't made any I found out that I get to do them after all because with less stress, I'm more able to focus on the things I needed to do, therefore I finish ahead of my expected time.
Posted by Anonymous on 06-20-2017
I've never done anything from my "New Year List" and that's because I've never do that list, I think it's silly, if you really want to make a change in your life, you can try to do it everyday, it doesn't have to be at the start of a new year.
Posted by luispas on 06-22-2017
I usually end up following them up with a less-effort version of the goal or resolution. For example, when I wanted to change my diet to 100% healthy food and only water, I ended up spending that year eating a lot healthier, but not ONLY healthy food. I still had the occasional coffee and cake. But at the end of the day it made a big difference. The best way to stick to these sort of goals is to set mini steps along the way to achieving those goals. Don't just go for the top position. Other than that, I think just trying to live better in every way is much more effective than setting crazy goals that contradict the way you've been living for the past few years.
Posted by SashaS on 06-23-2017
I didn't, sadly, my year was busy, I promise my new year will be get more profit.
Posted by StolenKid on 06-23-2017
In my country it's not a tradition to make a New Year's resolution list. Instead, we make wishes that may or may not be in our hands: Ask for health, perhaps more wealth or a successful job offer are common wishes to make at midnight. I think this is a better tradition because it doesn't force you to make a list of goals that you may or may not make, and, if ignored, will only end up making you feel bad about yourself as the year progresses.
Posted by VintageRose on 06-25-2017
Most of us want to go into the new year to change things for the better and have better discipline over certain things. Not a lot of us succeed, mainly because life gets in the way and we are so busy and stressed that we forget about our new resolutions or don't have the energy to carry them out. We all have good intentions and want each year to be better than the last, but we have to be able to get our will under control. I will be honest and say I have rarely ever kept my New Year's resolutions. I don't have a tight grip on my will power. When we make our resolutions we should make them realistic and have a reasonable time frame for them to make them more achievable. Sometimes we set ourselves up for a fall by making impossible demands on ourselves.
Posted by freebird37 on 06-25-2017
There are some people who always make new year resolutions which they want to improve one area of ??their lives. There are also others who would feel the need to completely change almost everything. They can try to use this said resolution and make the most of it but there is always a catch to that. Some resolutions tend to be missed and forgotton. :/
Posted by galegatling on 06-30-2017
My New Years resolution this year was to run 5k each and every single week. And I'm glad to say that ever since May I've been able to stick to this routine. My goal is to average around 10k every week by the time summer is over. Wish me luck!
Posted by Okaviator on 06-30-2017
I don't hahaha... I think the only new years resolution that did was me not making another list of new year's resolution again
Posted by Anonymous on 07-02-2017
I'm not making any new year's resolution because im lazy. I'm sure it will not be met.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 07-02-2017
I try to, but I always fail. I'll try to stick with it for a few days, and funny thing is I can't last a week. I keep on breaking it every year that I end up not making one anymore.
Posted by BeardedMamba on 07-04-2017
I have always tried to keep my New Year's resolution but i always end up brealing it. I think i will start to make adjustment than trying to change completely from a particular habit, my past New Year's resolution has always been about me changing from a particular habit which i am yet to overcome so the next year's resolutiom will be adjustment from that habit.
Posted by Propen on 07-06-2017
I have never made a new year's resolution. That's because I know that I cannot do them. Instead, I make a determination one at a time to do the things I would like done for the year. Once the other one is done, I will do the next one. No need for a new year's resolution.
Posted by SimplyD on 07-06-2017
It never worked for me. I have since stopped making failed promises to myself. The thought that 90% of the people I know also failed at making new year's resolutions makes it so unrealistic for me. All I need is goals and steps to achieve them!
Posted by olaryeankarh on 07-09-2017
As I much as I want to actually accomplish my New year's resolution list, I don't really get around to completing all of them. One resolution or two I could easily do over the course of the year but the other resolutions, I'm too lazy to do. I guess it really depends on the person but with me, I don't get around to do all of them.
Posted by airfightermax on 07-09-2017
I believe that in most instances the new year resolution may be just a pie-in-the-sky situation. Some may make these resolutions with the best of intentions but when reality kicks in they find that most of them are not realizable, The social and economic landscape is so dynamic that situations are changing so rapidly so it's difficult to realize these expectations and sometimes if we are lucky we may only realize a few of them.
Posted by explorerx7 on 07-09-2017
I think New Year's resolutions are more of a tradition than an actual set of goals. In the least it makes us aware of improvements that we need in our lives which is the first step in change. I did make my list and to be honest I haven't met any of my goals and what is worse my dedication to them has lessened due to more important matters that I'm dealing with.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-10-2017
rose thornes
It's easy to make new year resolutions. What's hard is to do everything on the list. There are inevitable things that take place to set aside your new year resolutions and to the point you already forgot about it. Its all about self discipline. You also need passion and motivation to do everything on your list because if you don't have that, everything will be forgotten. I do my best to stick on my list but by the end year I only do half of my new year resolutions. Its not that bad since I have accomplished something within that year. This year I will try my best to do everything on list.
Posted by rose thornes on 07-11-2017
This hilarious, the truth is that I make new year resolution for the sake of doing the traditional thing to mark new year. I do not attach any other significancy to the resolution so I don't take it serious. Actually the paper I wrote the new resolution on is no much a paper than any other empty piece of paper. The funny part is I even make quarterly resolution that often time conflict the new year resolution or differ from it. So basically I don't stick to it, most times I make decision on the go.
Posted by Laiportal on 07-11-2017
Well I stopped making New Year Resolutions when I realized most of the time I just end up doing it, one time I made a resolution I would never call my ex to cry again I made that decision December by February I called her again apologizing for something I didn't do so this just shows how empty and silly making resolutions is the truth is we are humans and that's who we are we just do things. Sometimes we make decisions to stop the only thing that makes us happy things we can't do without it will be so difficult keeping that promise so I decided to stop it now I live for a living caution myself when its necessary I do not fancy resolutions like I used to do when I was younger and so far so good it has helped me a lot, now I let things go willingly not forcefully.
Posted by Westbay on 07-11-2017
I don't create a resolution to start my year but I endeavour to keep a mindset of achieving something worthwhile for the year. I'm a very dynamic person and not afraid to tilt to where the wind list. So creating a set of resolution may not blend well with my kind of person especially not meeting my expectations at the end of the year.

Let's not be limited by time. Resolution lives behind the shadow of time and that will invariably make us slaves to time. I choose to live each day as if it is the last day on earth for me. So I strive to make the very best from every situation.
Posted by lead on 07-14-2017
I have completely derailed from my new year's resolutions. I guess going right ahead to do what is needed is better than writing goals and end up feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of them.
Posted by maria_c on 07-16-2017
Hardly ever. In fact, i care so little about new year's resolutions that I don't even bother making them anymore. If I need a change in my life I try and make it happen as fast as possible. There is no reason to wait for all the way until new year's eve. It's not like the particular new year's eve day is making you stick to whatever resolution you made so I don't bother much with them.
Posted by Marvadaum on 07-16-2017
It's very easy to make new year's resolutions in the excitement of the new year. I've been there, done that and even got the t-shirt. However, I never seemed to stick it out beyond say, March. In the end I decided there was just no point even trying. So no, I don't make any new year's resolutions. I'd rather make small changes as and when I need to.
Posted by lushlala on 07-17-2017
Yes I do stick to my new year resolutions. I have built up a system where I am evaluating myself quarterly to monitor my progress and keep me on track.
Posted by Jameson on 07-17-2017
I find it very interesting to make New Year's resolutions. But as I matured in my life, I realized that it is only necessary to make promises that are within your reach. For me, it helps me not to be disappointed if something just does not happen during the year.
Posted by hermessantos on 07-17-2017
No, I have never follow through my new year resolutions or any plans. I like to plan, but I am just not good at following through. I don't make resolutions this year, but made some goals and plans. Though I am still not there yet, having a big goal in mind does help me to stay on track and focus on what I want to do.
Posted by kaka135 on 07-18-2017
Technically I guess I do stick to them since I don't make them. I found making snap decisions about life chnages I wish to make isn't a good way to accomplish them. There's nothing special about January 1st that ensures success or promotes motivation to do the hard things that need to be done in your life. This weird expectation lead to failure time and again. I find it's better to simply make these decisions organically as part of an ongoing life philosophy that we are never complete as people. There is always something we can be better at, or better ways of doing what we're already engaged in.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-18-2017
The last three years has been great for me. Particularly because I made it a personal responsibility to stick to my new year resolutions. I had planned quite a few new activities to engage in and I followed through so far. It was not so easy sticking with my plans but one thing that kept me going was the fact that I took so much time to relish on the joy and the sense of fulfilment that I'll have if I don't relax in finishing well . One of the plans was to read a number of books . It was no more interesting somewhere around mid the year . Thankfully I had a friend who'd known a few of my plans and would do all possible to ensure I didn't stop half way. If you want to stick to your plans just make sure you set achievable goals and write them out as nuggets with milestones reward to yourself at intervals.
Posted by Xperienced on 07-19-2017
For me it is not necessary end a year to decide to improve things of my person, we are all in a constant struggle to be able to improve as human beings, whether is in the labor, social and romantic areas, but in the end improve, we all have things that we detest of us and that is we want eliminate or simply solve, if I start to see what things i want to decide that day, i see is more the thing i decide to change in the year than that day.
Posted by Deathisue on 07-19-2017
Although i try to stick with the ones I make, I find it to be ridiculous to wait until the new year to make necessary changes in one's life...if something needs to be changed, you should do it right now and not put it off.
Posted by JoeMilford on 07-20-2017
Indeed we are habit forming individuals and as such we have to constantly review ourselves on a regular basis because every so often we are challenged with changes. Some changes present circumstances to fulfill our goals and some changes are not that helpful. The key is to be timely about it and the sooner adjustments are made to maintain a steady course the better the outcome. This is a work in progress and in most cases cannot be that effective if made only once a year. With that philosophy as well as applying some of the specificity that was mentioned like making a list and checking it periodically, I can see some of these resolutions finally being fulfilled. The best part is you don't have to wait until year end and new year or you can even start your new year today!
Posted by Joteque on 07-21-2017
Everyone must have New Years Resolution but we are bound to fail the list Renewal should not be only when the new year is coning. It more sincere to change right away change at once than to wait for a year
Posted by mpgeronca on 07-24-2017
I find it funny that after a day or two, people will give up on their resolutions, as if they were just spur of the moments or just because of happiness that they make promises. It is rather normal for people to not complete their resolutions especially if most of them are hard to achieve in short term.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 07-29-2017
I've sticked to none of the New Year resolutions I did. Probably the reason I won't ever set a New Year resolutions again. What I've learned is when you wake up in the morning, write the days task you are to undertake and just start that darn moment.
Posted by maria_c on 08-01-2017
To be frank, I don't write resolution anymore because on the way many things do occur ( It's usually what I can't really handle to keep my resolutions). And this is what normally happens to many when they write their year's resolution. For example, some time ago one of my resolutions is to move from one financial status to another but along the way, I lost all my money in an investment program and it occurred in one sweep. For complete 2months I was sick and totally down. What I do now is to set small daily or weekly goals and try my best to achieve it.
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-07-2017
I have to admit that I very rarely actually stick to New Year's Resolutions. I guess I am like most people... I make all these great, big plans for the next year where EVERYTHING will be different and of course, better then when we're in February, I completely forget my resolutions. That's why I sort of gave up making them. I used to make them every single year. I sat down before New Year's and made a big list on a piece of paper, listing everything that I want to change/improve/fix but I realized that I only actually stuck to around 40% of my wishes.

So, now I don't do New Year's Resolutions anymore. Instead, I focus on making small monthly goals so they're easier to achieve and actually stick to. I think it's the better way of getting things changed :)
Posted by Mehano on 08-07-2017
I once read a newspaper article that did research and found that the majority of people who do make new year's resolutions very seldom realise them. In the moment, they really do mean to stick to them, if you think new year, new beginnings and all that. However, people then run out of steam a few months into the new year and abandon their resolutions. That's why I decided to stop bothering with them.
Posted by lushlala on 08-07-2017
I never make resolutions at the time when everyone is into it. My resolutions are based on challenges I create for myself and try to meet them. That way life becomes interesting specially when the challenges are met. It is not easy since there is no one to goad me into meeting them
Posted by iamawriter on 08-08-2017
Making New Year Resolution has become more of a trend. We make big promises with the onset of every fresh year. In most the cases, these promises fade off with each passing month. The most common resolutions include losing weight, adopting an exercise regimen, working on self-improvement, handling stress wisely and so on. Only a countable few attain their goal.

I think the most common mistake we do is to set too big goals for ourselves. After a span of time, these goals start appearing as a huge entity. This results in long term failure. The best way is to make small goals and adopt a step by step approach. Each accomplished step will boost our motivation and will power.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 08-11-2017
I think its good to stick to your New Years Resolution, because thats why you did that list to make it happen in your life. You have to make it happen to prove yourself that you can do it! Nothing is impossible if you really want something to be done in your life! You need to work hard for what ever you wanna have or achieve. Thats life. Some things are not easy to achieve. If you can't do that it means you are not good in making plans and easily giving up of things. Make it happen for yourself!
Posted by Anonymous on 08-14-2017
In December, I always start to think what I am going to accomplish the next year and I make a list like, almost, everyone. But, I always forget what I put on the list so I have to improve. Sometimes I remember some goals that I wanted to accomplish and I start to make it happen if there's still the opportunity to reach it, but sometimes, the opportunity passed and I focus myself on other goals.
Posted by cubo on 08-15-2017
The first time I made a New Year's Resolution was back in the year 2015 and I don't do it anymore now. The good thing about New Years Resolution is you get to plan out what would be your goals for the entire year. This what it makes exciting, you get to be hyper thinking all the thing you wanted to do, may it be getting slimmer or sexier, welcoming love or some sort of travels. And the bad thing is there are circumstances in which makes these things unattainable, unforeseen events maybe one of the reason. When I did my New Year's Resolution, I was very much hoping that I'll be able to do everything on the list. Days and months passed but I get to forget those resolutions and get back on living on how I used to be in the past years. Funny right? Well, I just decided to live the hardest way possible to succeed in what I wanted and get through it day by day.
Posted by DanoCath on 08-15-2017
Not really, I don't even make any new year's resolutions. I just go where life leads me to if I think of something to change about myself I would do my best to achieve it. The thing is making new year's resolutions makes me lazy, seeing those lists of things I wanna change about myself justs gives off this bad vibes, it'll be pretty overwhelming and I'll just go "meh, I'll do this later" until I don't do it at all.
Posted by MichaelSoriano15 on 08-17-2017
actually I don't have any new years resolution because everyday of our lives we can make a resolution for ourselves. It is not an option it is a choice we make, if we do the same thing what we did from the previous year or we need to change it for better or worst result. It is not about making resolution or promises , it is the desire of people to do something better for his/her own welfare.
Posted by rogel07 on 08-17-2017
LOL the answer is NO. What a shocker. I mean c'mon people, you can't do one whole year doing your new year's resolution. I will personally will give you a head if you've proven to me that you did your resolution from january 1 to december 31. I mean you are my idol next to God. First new year's resolution promise I made I think that I remembered is I should be nice to my parents from that moment on. But my parents suck, big time, they are the most verbally abusive people I know so no, I will not be nice to them. A little maybe, but for the rest of my life, I don't think so.
Posted by antonmia01 on 08-18-2017
I don't partake in new year resolutions, but what I can see from people close to me, I can authoritatively say that new year resolutions is nothing but an illusion, if you want to make a change then you don't have to wait for new year, to do that, else you will know you are actually not yet ready.
Posted by Authord on 08-18-2017
I have been struggling with this aspect of my life.I can't keep them pass the 5th week of the year. It has always been a huge task to accomplished.

Keeping a new year resolution or resolutions is never easy especially if you have decided to dump your die-hard habit.

Making new ones next year. I hope to stick to them then.
Posted by lovely on 08-18-2017
I feel that New Year resolutions are almost built to be broken, they are set because of a static date instead of a desired change. While the arbitrary date could serve as a mile-marker or starting line, I think it is much more meaningful to make a change based on your need and desire. Personally, I have never kept a New Year's resolution for an entire year, after a few months the novelty wears off (ie. gym memberships). However, lifestyles changes I have made, like quitting smoking, have stuck with me because of the perpetual desire to increase my health in that regard.

There's nothing wrong with a New Year's resolution, but maybe take a moment to ask if it's something you are willing to commit to before embarking on.
Posted by valkoinen on 08-18-2017
I actually don't even make a New Year's Resolution list because I just know I will probably change my mind about everything throughout that upcoming year. I do tend to make Monthly Resolutions Lists, and I tend to stick to them because I actually set realistic short term goals.
Posted by MadeInEsca on 08-18-2017
Even if i don't stick to my yearly resolutions, I stick to my monthly ones, it's only because I constantly change my goals and ideas towards improvement so I can't keep stale. You always gotta be dynamic and adapt to your circumstances.
Posted by manmad on 08-20-2017
I don't stick to my New Year's Resolution, yet I tried to make a New Year's Resolution but I fail to achieve it. Goals are set in many ways not only as the years past. I intended to change my goals as the years past and forget the goal I set. Maybe getting older, you got to realize that life has many circumstances and once in a while you got to quit in a goal to start a new and awesome one. The only purpose why we do a New Year's resolution is that we often want to get rid of our bad hobbits and start a new life. Your goal are only attain by pure efforts and dedication.

Life can be a hit or a miss, setting it in the right spot and aiming it in a target has many possibilities of success. Often we really set our goals in the right position yet forgot to aim and shoot it. Remember that in everything we hit in our goal, it is the reward of our efforts.
Posted by Gidsmonts101 on 08-21-2017
I don't do it, I mean I do for a while, maybe 3 to 4 months but after a while I just drop it. The basic one is "I'm going to lose weight", the next one " I'm not saying bad words anymore". The last one goes aways quicker than the first one but I guess my strong will is not that good. The worst part is I still do that list every year lol! I'm not consistent but I am stubborn.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 08-22-2017
I wonder if there are still people who are making new year’s resolutions. I was doing that when I was young especially in high school but it’s all for the fun of it and not for serious purposes. Now, I have been asking the younger generation but it seems that no one knows about making new year’s resolutions. So maybe that is already an obsolete practice because of the modern times especially with the technology.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-29-2018
I stopped making resolutions. The trick is to make goals that you intend to keep. You also don't have to make them in January. You can make them any time that you need to make them. People also make unrealistic goals that they are not ready for. The irony is that you can get yourself into a pattern of distraction. If you don't get used to reaching your goals you get really demotivated. Make goals that you can realistically reach, to boost your confidence. Make them at any time of the year if you think you need to improve your behaviour.
Posted by jaymish on 11-20-2018