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Top New Years Resolutions for 2014

Updated on January 17, 2014

What resolutions are popular for 2014?

New Years is a fresh start. It is a chance to wash away the mistakes of last year and start on a new path.

Many people get energized for a New Year and plan all sorts of sweeping changes that will transform their lives. I love the concept of New Years resolutions. This page showcases the most popular examples of New Years resolutions for 2014.

These are the habits that your friends, family and neighbors are all likely to be trying on for size this coming year.

Do New Years Resolutions Actually Work?

Before I jump into the actual list of the top Resolutions for 2014, I want to make an important comment. You may have heard that New Years resolutions do not work. If so, you have heard correctly. It is estimated that somewhere north of 88% of people who try New Years resolutions will fail.

That is pretty abysmal.

But it really is not the fault of the "idea" of these resolutions that fail, but the execution of those ideas. Many people make resolutions impulsively, without planning. They also make resolutions that effect to sweeping change. Basically wanting to be a different person on January 1st 2014 than they were on December 31st 2013.

This will never work. In the end of this guide for the top 10 New Years Resolutions I have listed a few ideas that will greatly increase the odds of having a successful set of resolutions and making them work by implementing incremental change over the course of a year rather than all at once. I have also linked a book I really like here that goes into a lot deeper detail on this subject.

Top New Year Resolutions 2014
Top New Year Resolutions 2014

Top 10 New Years Resolutions 2014

What are the top New Years resolutions from 2014. You can see from the picture I created to the right, that there are quite a few many extremely popular new years resolutions for 2014.

Chances are that many of these may have been ones you tried before. Perhaps they were even on your list for 2013.

If you have tried to do resolutions before, you have probably noticed that they often end in failure. In fact, by many estimations they fail a whopping 88% of the time. That means your odds aren't very good so why bother, right?

Well, wrong. Many people fail because of the WAY people make resolutions, not because of the concept itself, as you can see in a later section where I detail the reasons people fail their New Years resolutions.

It is of course best to treat every single day of the year as New Years day and look at it as a chance to reaffirm your resolutions, goals and trying to gradually improve and build a better "you". This is the best way to make positive change in my opinion, a gradual and slow change, rather than an abrupt and sudden change.

However, there is something nice about a New Year. It is a chance to start fresh and call a mulligan on the past. This can be done on any day, but it seems particularly poignant on the start of a fresh year.

You may not know where to start, or are looking for good habit change ideas. If so, just take a look at the list (used for the picture to the right)

1) Improve Fitness

2) Lose Weight

3) Save More Money

4) Change Job/Career

5) Volunteer

6) Quit Smoking

7) Better Work/Life Balance (work less, more time with family)

8) Give up/Reduce Alcohol Consumption (Always at the front of peoples mind on a hungover January 1st)

9) Get Out of Debt

10) Get Organized

This list of ideas for New Years resolutions has a lot of good ideas and positive changes, and some great places to start to begin to reform and revitalize yourself for 2014.

Make your New Year's Resolutions Work - Resolutions that Stick! An eBook that will help you achieve your New Years resolutions

I am sure you have heard that New Years Resolutions do not work.

Psychology Today and Forbes claim that they fail a whopping 88% of the time. Even if you believe that this number of resolution failures is a bit high, it is still an absolute fact that most people who attempt New Years resolutions fail at them.

While nothing can MAKE you stick to your New Years plan, the book below gives some really solid advice and tips that I believe greatly increase your odds of having New Years resolution success.

It is all about planning, making goals reasonable and and understanding the psychology behind creating long lasting habits.

I love the book below, because it gives you all of those tools. It will not do the work for you. Only you can do that. But it sets you up with you best chance of success.

Resolutions That Stick! How 12 Habits Can Transform Your New Year
Resolutions That Stick! How 12 Habits Can Transform Your New Year

Steve Scott hit another home run with this book.

I like the way this book starts off with explaining in detail all the reasons why New Years resolutions do not usually work, then moves right into the details of how you CAN make your resolutions work for a new year with proper planning and doing your resolutions the "right" way, which in this case are a series of small and doable wins rather than grand and sweeping change that is highly likely to fail.


10 Reasons that New Years Resolutions often fail

There are lots of reasons why new years resolutions often fail. It is not because of willpower, or that the desire to change is not sufficient in most cases. More often it boils down to things like improper planning or simply trying to do too much all at once.

You already have the top 10resolutions. Great ideas to take action on for the new year, and wonderful ideas to improve yourself in 2014, now check out the 10 reasons why resolutions often fail, so that you can know the things you need may want to avoid.

  1. Ambiguous Resolutions: It is not enough to say, I am going to lose weight, or other ambiguous resolutions. You need to be specific. The more specific you can get with your goals the more likely the goals are to be successful
  2. Too Many Changes Just like being too vague, trying to do too much can be a huge problem too! Many people think that a new year is a chance to "do everything right". While the spirit of this idea is great, it does not work very well.

    Trying to do too many changes at once leads to burnout because of something known as EGO DEPLETION. If you try to bite off too much at once, you are just going to fail. There is nothing wrong with planning multiple changes across the year, but you need to stagger them and work them into a long range plan, rather than just trying it all at once.

  3. Picking goals that are too big Resolutions need to be achievable. Having a goal to lose 200 pounds or triple your net worth is just not realistic. Those goals are fine, but they need to be long term goals.

    Set more realistic goals, such as losing 20 pounds, or gaining 20% of your annual salary more than the year before. These goals are still not, "easy" but they should be achievable. When you reach these goals, you can recalibrate and reset the goals, making your long-term goals a possibility in time.

  4. Quitting before seeing results Habit change takes time. Many people say 21 days is the minimum you need to test drive a new habit to get it to work. IN reality it is probably a bit longer than that. Perhaps as much as two months of continuous conscious effort. If you want to make your resolution work, you need to be ready and willing to give the habit change enough time to actually work.
  5. Not replacing bad habits with good ones Once you get rid of a bad habit you create a void. It takes no extra effort to replace a bad habit with a good one, and it actually helps you to stick to the change.

    An example of this is quitting drinking coffee. You may want to replace this habit with having some flavored water every morning. This helps to fill the void of missing a coffee cup in your hand, while it also gives you a little health boost.

  6. Not identifying your triggers All habits have triggers. Certain sights, sounds, people and places that make you desire to indulge in your bad habits. Before you start a good resolution, you need to take the time to study your own bad habits, find out what your triggers are and develop plans to avoid these triggers
  7. Letting a single failure, mean failure When it comes to habit change, people are often too strict with themselves. Many people have a single "oops" where they backslide. The thing to do is chalk it up as a mistake and move on. Many people think, "what the hell, I failed, might as well enjoy myself" and indulge in the bad habit habit even worse.
  8. Improper Planning As you should be able to see, planning is a big part of the success here. IN addition to all the other planning making a long term and short term goal plans, as well as some achievable mini-goals is important part of achieving success.
  9. Not taking advantage of tools and technology One of the good things about technology is that there are a lot of little things out there that can make our habit changes a little bit easier. Anything that makes resolutions easier is something that you may want to pursue as something to help you in your goal for New Years resolution success.
  10. Doing it alone Many people think that they formed the habit on their own, and they can beat it on their own. But they simply is not the case. One of the reason things like AA worked so well is that they give support to people who are trying to get rid of their bad habits. This is essential to making a success of any New Year's resolution change.

Dreams and Goals New Years Resolutions
Dreams and Goals New Years Resolutions

The Differences between Resolutions and Dreams

Far too many people treat resolutions like dreams.

Their self talk goes something like this, "For 2014 I will _______ "(Insert thing you know you should do, but never do)

They input the habit they want to change, and end it there. The new year starts and maybe they start with guns blazing. Life happens and soon enough they fail and forget about the resolution.

This doesn't work, and will never work.

Habit change is one of the best things you can do with your life. Multiple small positive habit changes can have a profound cumulative effect on your life. But you need to plan for it and work for it. Nothing worthwhile in life comes easy or free.

It is important to make your resolutions become goals. A goal is actionable and has discrete and achievable steps. A dream is sort of namby-pampy. It can energize and get you excited, but without discrete steps like a goal has, it will not get you through the lean times, and there will always be lean times.

So, make your resolutions into goals. Plan out a gradual implementation for the things you desire. Have close and immediate success milestones. Keep it achievable and actionable. DO THE WORK! and when you reach your goals, recalibrate and set new goals. Soon enough you will reach those nebulous dreams.

Let me know what you think - Share your thoughts below

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    • Linda BookLady profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 

      5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Ah, very motivating! I really must consider making new resolutions. I don't know why... because like most people I usually don't achieve everything I want to do. However, I just love making goals... and without them, life's confusing!

    • zentao profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks! Glad you guys liked it. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and remember IF you are going to make those resolutions. Make them the right way so that they are effective

    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Enjoyed your lens and all the suggestions!

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      5 years ago

      Great lens on how to create new changes in your life.


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