Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions that People Make – Is Yours on the List?

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s just a few days away and you’re probably thinking of changing your whole live in 2016. Just like you did year before, and year before that. Well, there’s always a new year to turn things around and finally start working on your resolutions. According to Forbes magazine, only 8% of all people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. This article brings you the list of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Is your resolution on the list?

1. Going to Gym Regularly and Lose* Weight

This is the most common New Year’s resolution ever. We always want to lose* those few extra pounds and firmly decide we’d go to gym and do regular exercise. We even buy new exercise clothes, sneakers, and decide we’d go to gym after work, every day. And we do – for a few days. By January 15, you can’t wait go to go home after work to sit down and watch TV, instead of going to gym. What gym?

Going to Gym Regularly and Lose* Weight

Reason we fail – Laziness, plus muscles really hurt. Then, we usually conclude it’s winter anyway, and we’re going to start working out in spring to look our best during summer. This turns into a vicious circle when we’re “forced” to make a resolution for next year – to go to gym, obviously.

TIP: Instead of forcing yourself to go to the gym every day, you should take it easy at first. Start once a week and increase* number of days gradually.

2. Get a Better Job/Finally Get Promotion

When you hate your job you always promise yourself you’re going to change things around next year. You will look for a better job, the one you won’t hate. Or you feel like you’re stuck in the same position in the company for ages, while people who got here after you were already promoted. So, you make a resolution to get that promotion.

Reason we fail – This can happen due to a number of reasons but the most frequent one is – you’re afraid of failure. What if you don’t find a better job? What if you don’t get promotion and they also fire you? All these things prevent you from achieving what you deserve.

TIP: You will achieve your goal easily if you motivate yourself, make a list of all reasons why you should get a better job/promotion. Don’t think about failure, think about success.

3. Volunteer

We’ve all been thinking about it. You decide this is the year when you will volunteer and help people in need or do anything to make your contribution to society.

Reason we fail – When you have some time to relax, you prefer watching TV, going to the movies, or even being lazy than going anywhere. The most common excuse is: I’ll do it next week. Next week you promise yourself you’ll do it next week and just like with going to gym, it turns into a vicious circle where binge-watching shows on Netflix seems more attractive.

TIP: You can donate your old clothes to charity, or even old furniture to people in need. That’s equally contributing as well.

4. Spend Less Time on Social Media Websites

Social media websites have occupied our lives, and we’re not cool with that. That’s why we are determined to check Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram that often. Everything we see annoys us anyway.

Spend Less Time on Social Media Websites

Reason we fail – but, what if we miss something important?

TIP: You won’t miss anything, regardless when you log in you’re still going to see same things. Instead of neglecting your assignments because you’re scrolling through apps on your phone, decide to finish everything you have first and then see who posted new baby photo on Facebook, who talked about getting shower on Twitter, and who informed everyone what they ate on Instagram.

5. Read More

You have bunch of new books that are basically just collecting dust and you want to read them. New Year is perfect for that; New Year – new me (the one who likes to read).

Reason we fail – Main reason for this New Year’s resolution fail is similar to other ones, we are just too lazy to do it. After a long day at work, watching cringeworthy shows on TV seems more relaxing than reading a book. You can always watch a movie, anyway.

TIP: Instead of promising yourself you’re going to read 3 books per month, start with one first.

6. Travel

This is the year when you’re finally going to visit Thailand, Egypt, Morocco, or some other place you’ve always dreamed about. In fact, traveling makes you smarter and you get to meet bunch of new people and see how other cultures live.

Reason we fail – Money.

TIP: This can also be your motivation to get a better job or ask for promotion.

7. Get out of Debt and Save Money

Most of the overall amount of money you earn goes for paying off your debts? Well, this year you will finally get out of debt and you’ll, actually, save money. Or will you?

Get out of Debt and Save Money

Reason we fail – We could mention some economic factors here, increasing* prices, politics and other stuff but let’s face it – we spend more than we can earn.

TIP: Pay your bills on time, go easy with credit card, and don’t buy anything you don’t need or won’t use i.e. if your current iPhone works properly, do you really need a new one?

8. Be Less Stressed

If you have a stressful job, you are likely to make this New Year’s resolution. After all, stress can impact our overall health, contribute to heart attack, stroke etc.

Reason we fail – How can I de-stress when everyone annoys me?

TIP: Find a unique way to de-stress, e.g. meditate, practice yoga or martial arts, take a few deep breaths and most importantly – learn to let go.

9. Eat Healthier

“Okay, I will start next year by eating healthy foods and trying to have a healthier lifestyle.” If you’ve ever made this New Year’s resolution, you’re not alone. We always get to the point when we want to have a healthier and happier life.

Reason we fail – Spending the rest of my life without chocolate and pizza? Is that a joke?

TIP: If you can’t ditch unhealthy foods completely, then introduce some limitations. Remember, moderation is the key. Instead of eating entire chocolate bar, take a few bites only.

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10. Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking can be compared to going to gym and losing weight. We’re, actually, going to do it, for a few days and then we return to the old habits.

Quit Smoking

Reason we fail – When you’re stressed out or bored you usually take a cigarette. When you don’t smoke, you don’t really know what to do in those situations.

TIP: New Year’s resolution success depends on your motivation, inspiration, and willpower. Furthermore, the key is to keep it simple. Instead of ditching cigarettes altogether, gradually decrease* the number of cigarettes you smoke throughout the day. Slowly work your way towards quitting entirely.


We always make resolutions for the upcoming year. It’s nothing unusual. We always want to be better, accomplish more, and start everything all over again. The reason only 8% people achieve things they’ve promised themselves is due to lack of consideration, motivation, and willpower. Accomplishing what you promised isn’t that difficult – instead of giving up you should just adjust it and take small steps towards greater goal.

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Contributor : Dr. Ahmed Zayed (Consumer Health Digest)

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.

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