5 Deadliest New Year’s Resolution Mistakes

Posted by the7stages on January 14, 2014

New Year’s resolutions should be New Year’s solutions.   Resolutions are personal changes or goals. Therefore, you need to set specific goals. You can start with a very generic goal like “Staying Fit” or “Get my Financials in Order” but never make unrealistic resolutions.

Before starting to write your New Year’s resolutions, here is a list of 11 New Year’s Resolution Quotes Latin Times shared to give your inspiration to achieve “Great Things In 2014”.

So what are the 5 Deadliest New Year’s Resolution Mistakes?

5. Staying fit & Healthy

You feel out of shape and unhealthy from eating large dinners and dessert and maybe a few too many glasses of eggnog.

If you are making it your resolution to exercise every day it is more than likely that you are at a sedentary physical activity level.

Asking too much from yourself is the number 1 reason why people tend to give up and fail to stick with their New Year’s resolutions. Here are 5 simple tips you can write down to increase the odds of sticking to your new exercise plan:

  1. Keep it simple: Start with something you already like to do.

  2. Schedule small portions of exercise time: Try your hardest to block out 15-20 minutes a day, 3 to 4 times a week.

Here is a list of this year’s Worst Fitness Gimmicks.

New Year’s Resolution Statistics

Percentage of Americans who usually make their New Year’s Resolution

Weight related resolutions


4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest

Enjoy each moment of life.  Do what makes you happy, whether it’s with your career or family, because ultimately, your happiness is what really does make you happy!

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely, aware.” – Henry Miller.

Go outside. Take a deep breath-hold in for a moment-and slowly let it out. Listen to all the sounds you hear: the wind, trees, birds, crickets, insects, dogs, cars, planes, people-lives intermingling. Really look at what you see: sunshine, rain, clouds, buildings, forest, mountains, ocean, butterflies, snowflakes, each individual leaf on the trees.

New Year’s Resolution Statistics

Percentage of Americans who usually make their New Year’s Resolution

Self-improvement or education related resolutions


Relationship related resolutions


3. Spend Less, Save More

Financial goals can feel especially daunting as the year progresses. Therefore, how do you save with bills and debt to pay off!! A 52-week savings challenge that’s been sweeping off the Internet and is one easy way to get started – or just keep building up your savings accounts for 2014!

No matter what mistakes you made in 2013, you now get another chance in 2014. The start of a new year, is the best time to to make changes that will boost yourselves moving forward.  But before you begin saving, you need to make a list or a plan on where can you save more money. You need to find out where is your money going? You can use an online budget tool, a computer program or even a simple excel sheet to get you started.  There are several free templates online:

But this year’s challenge that has been on the spot light in Facebook,  Pinterest and in every social media network is the “52 Week Money Challenge”. This concept consists of a chart that will help you start saving with just $1. For example, the first week of 2014, you would deposit $1; the second week, $2; and so on. By the end of the year, you will have saved close to $1,400.00.

New Year’s Resolution Statistics

Percentage of Americans who usually make their New Year’s Resolution

Money related resolutions


2. Getting Organized

Looking around, you wonder how you’ll ever dig out in time for Spring!

According to Cynthia Ewer, the author of Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Organized she has created a grand plan from a clean and organized home to cleaning up your attic/storage area. This plan challenge kicks off the New Year with a 14-week plan to clean and organize yourself prior to Spring

A big part of getting organized is ensuring that you are doing the thing that will:

  1. help you to feel good about yourself each day and

  2. will help you reach your 2014 New Year’s goal

Some of my favorite tips to keep myself on track are:

  1. One In One Out – Whenever something enters your home, let go of another similar item.

  2. One Minute Rule – Don’t leave for tomorrow what can be done today in other words, anything that can be handled in a minute or less, should be done ASAP.

  3. List – Create a list of what needs to be get done by priority

    1. Never forget your priority meter (store items based on how often you use them – a pen of your desk, and the Christmas in the base basement).

  4. When in Doubt, Toss it Out – If you are not too sure if you should keep it or not…most likely you are not using often, so it’s not a keeper!

Always keep in mind:


(You have completed your task of “getting organized”)


(Tips 1-4 have been accomplished)


(Never stop using tips 1 -4 – always use them so you don’t fall into the habit again)!

New Year’s Resolution Statistics

Percentage of Americans who usually make their New Year’s Resolution

American’s who usually make New Year’s resolutions


Americans who infrequently make New Year’s Resolutions


Americans who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions


People who are successful in achieving their resolution


Percent who have infrequent success


Percent who never succeed and fail on their resolution each year


1. Lose Weight

Elimination Carbs Eliminates your Chances for Success. If your New Year’s resolution has anything to do with living a satisfying and healthy life carbohydrates play a very important part.

Good Calories & Bad Calories: What are you Supposed to Eat?

New Year’s Resolution Statistics

Percentage of Americans who usually make their New Year’s Resolution

Weight related resolutions


So how many people keep their New Year’s Resolutions? Only a few of us keep it.  The University of Scranton worked on a search that suggest that just about 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.  The US Government also posted their list that can help you achieve your goals in 2014.  The following shows a list of many resolutions are maintained as weeks passes by:

  • Past the first week: 75%

  • Past 2 weeks: 71%

  • After one month: 64%

  • After 6 months: 46%

So, you have read about what the rest of the world does (and doesn’t do) around New Year’s resolutions. Their failure doesn’t have to affect you. You get to choose and control how your year goes. Your comfort zone is boring. .. and you know it. Try something new, follow these 5 steps, and make this year your masterpiece!


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