• Kerris

    Hi Susan
    It was interesting to read what your resolutions are and I am sure that you will be focused and be in the 8% that achieve their goals.
    I find that this year seems to be the year of wanting to help others and hopefully if we can all make someones life better. That will make our resolutions a success
    Thanks for sharing your resolutions with us

    • Hi Kerris, It was a very interesting fact, that 8%. It is and always has been my goals to aide or help others whenever and wherever I can. And THANK you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  • Hi Susan,
    Thank you for sharing your resolutions! I believe that when we share our story, many people can learn from that. Resolutions usually bottom out, but when you are consistent with it and make it a habit, you will reach your goal and be on the top percentile. Good luck with it, Donna

    • Hi Donna, That is the key, isn’t it? The consistent part along with determination can move mountains. Thank you for your good luck wishes and I give the same back to you. 🙂

  • I personally don’t make new years resolutions anymore. What I do is on a regular basis goal setting and review it from time to time. For me this way is more powerful to achieve the things I want in life.

    • Hi Bruno, Many people don’t. I’m with you there. I set goals and reset them once a goal has been accomplished. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when you do that, isn’t it? 🙂

  • It’s interesting to see your resolutions. I am not making any resolutions, just plans. You are part of those plans. 2013 is going to be a very good year! 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl, Thanks and I think plans do carry more weight. I am very excited about next year and what we will accomplish together. WOO! HOO!

  • Hi Susan I am surprised that the research doesn’t have ‘do a 30 day blog post challenge’. How very strange. Only joking. Well-done you in achieving all that you did and for being so organized to have all your new ones ready to go.

    I have a lot of things in my head, that I need to get on paper in the next few days. The blogging challenge has thrown me off course. It was a last minute idea which seems to have proven one of my better ones.

    I wonder how many other crazy ideas I will have this year.

    To your success,

    Beth 🙂

    • HA,HA,HA Beth, That was a good one. Thank you for your kind words.

      I need to do the same thing. The blog challenge was brilliant and worth the distraction. I just hope I can keep up. 🙂

  • Holly

    Well Susan, I must say that I quit making New Years resolutions some time ago… But I do put a few “goals” out there once in a while… This year I have set up myself for a few things I want to achieve, and they do happen to fall into the top 10 category! All the best in your year and I hope you do fall into that 8 %!

    • Hi Holly, It funny how we have goals that are in the top ten list, isn’t it? I do prefer goals over resolutions as well. My plan is to be in the 8%… LOL. I’ll let you know how that works out. Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    I don’t do the whole resolution thing, although I did go so far as setting some goals for the year. There is quite a bit I want to accomplish this year.

    • Hi Jon, Me either, goals are so much better, aren’t they? Here is wishing the best 2013 has to offer you. 🙂

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    I haven’t really made any resolutions this year but I would like to have my new house be more organized and care less about what other people think

    • Hi Krystle, Boy, I’m with you there on both counts. I will wish the same for both of us on both counts. 🙂

  • I’m always setting goals, and I also make New Year’s resolutions. I developed a jogging routine last year, and this year I hope to start doing pilates again. In addition to all of my writing and blogging goals, I think my number one resolution this year would be to live more in the moment and not worry so much about the past and future.

    • Hi Jeri, I think we would all benefit form woking on and achieving living in the moment. When we can let the past stay in the pst we are so much better for it and it aide being present. Happy New Year my friend. May all your wishes come true.

  • Liz

    Firsrt of all, Susan, congratulations with the goals you did succeed in last year. Mine were so blown out of the water with things that transpired this summer. I believe that you will you be successful (within the 8% group) this year for 98% of your goals. (Only because the garage is lingering! lol).
    My main goal is to find a permanent home this year, and if things happen like last year, the nuthouse would even do – kidding!! Second is to produce work that will get noticed. Third is to continue to grow in my skills with the main group I belong to.
    In order to be of any assistance, whether formally or iinformally to people I know and care about, the first three need to jive as they take a fair bit of my time, not that they are thought of less by any means.
    C’mon 2013…let’s se what we can do!

    • Hi Liz, Yeah, the garage thing is hanging over me… LOL. I LOVE your goals and wish you great success achieving them. I do get that part about being in concert with your projects etc.

      Yep, bring it on 2013. Happy New Year my friend. 🙂

  • Susan – I admire the time you spend on your New Year’s resolutions.Congratulations. I have the same three every year, which I “borrowed” from my brother.
    1) No more coulda, woulda, shouldas. We spend entirely too much time on what we should have or could have done better. That does no good at all and simply depresses you and throws you off track. Stop it!
    2) Stay fit. Within that I’ve had sub-goals to lose X amount of weight. Two years ago that was a priority and I did it. (Now I have to lose the 4 lbs I gained this past holiday season but I’m committed, so it will happen).
    3) Have fun. Did you hear me? We’ve got to enjoy life. If work becomes something we dread, then we need to add more fun to our lives.
    I think the simpler the resolutions better, although it helps to add specificity — like 20 pounds in six months. Be realistic, too. Instead of reaching for the stars, try for the moon. Happy New Year!

    • Hi Jeannette. , It’s official, I am using these going forward. They are awesome. Have the best year ever my friend. 🙂

  • Susan – congratulations on the time you spent on your New Year’s resolutions. I have three I use every year that I borrowed from my brother. They are:
    1) No more coulda, woulda, shouldas. I could have done that if only I had (fill in the blank). It is a waste of time and will depress you and stop you from doing the things you need to do to achieve your goals.
    2) Stay fit. As a subset two years ago I committed to losing weight and I did. It helps to add specific goals like lose 20 pounds in 6 months.
    3) Have fun. We need to add more fun in our life. If we find we’re burning out or hating what we do — do something that is enjoyable, like going to a movie or taking a walk.

    • Hi Jeannette, I just love these. I may just have to adopt them for the future. I wish you great success with what you set out to accomplish in 2013. I know that you will do great thing and reach great success in the coming year. BTW: Some of these very familiar to me… LOL. Have a very Happy New Year my friend. 🙂

  • Resolutions are for people with more follow through then me, I have zero follow through…….ok I have some follow through just not a lot but not zero etiher………..

    • Hi Jo-Anne, You’re too funny my friend. Me thinks you sell yourself a bit short. What ever you wish for in 2013, I do hope it comes to pass for you. 🙂

  • Sherryl Perry

    Susan, I don’t make New Years resolutions but I admire those who do. I have set the goal to exercise more to stay healthy. I have to say that I am amazed by people who resolve to fall in love. How exactly does one go about that?. Thankfully, I’m happily married but the idea of making falling in love perplexes me.

    • Hi Sherryl, I thought that was kind of perplexing too. But people do seem to think it’s possible. Maybe that is why so many don’t reach success by the end of the year. Because it’s an impossible dream. 🙂

  • NettieMae

    I’ve never been good with resolutions. I don’t think it matters what time of the year I make them. I have been working on setting goals and I think that works out much better for me. When I know I have a year to accomplish something, I end up waiting til December and then decide that I’ll just do that next year.

    • Hi Nettie, Yeah I get that… LOL, and that is why I prefer goals too, both short term and long term. Good luck this year and may all your goals be achieved. 🙂

  • Jamie Gall

    Another great post from you Susan!

  • I don’t set resolutions any more, haven’t for years. Instead I usually have a mantra. This year it’s – Trust in your dream in 2013. That’s my guidance for what I do. Thanks for the deets on the study of which I am already familiar with. Happy New Year again!

    • Hi Patricia, I’m with you. I using set my own planing for the coming year in motion in the last quarter of the prior year. It’s an old habit from my corporate days. I set goals but many would called the resolutions. I love your mantra. It’s one we should all work on. 🙂

  • Bethany Lee

    This was a very interesting article and the sats you shared are really eye opening. You already know some of my resolutions but what say you i fly out to your neck of the woods and help you clean your garage? 🙂

    • Hi Bethany, I thought they were interesting too. I would love it, but it is a hugh project, not for the faint of heart… LOL

  • Really interesting post Susan, and a good look at what the general population have managed. I think your way of making the result and the intention a little more broad is better. I gave up on having New Years Resolutions per se, but that doesn’t mean to say I don’t have goals. My two big ones are finish final edit, find an agent or way of publishing my novel Under the Bed, and also move back to California hopefully by the summer. Spending time with family and friends and making new ones also important. But the rest of life will have to work around that. Maybe we’ll even get to meet each other this year Susan! Thanks for the post.

    • Hi A.K., They are, aren’t they? I wish you all the best with your goals this year. It would be the coolest thing ever if we actually meet up. You must keep me posted on your potential move. 🙂

  • John McCullough

    As we speak, I’m still working on specific goals (for accountability’s sake), but generally speaking I want to do better — or better stated — make progress in all aspects of my life.

    • Hi John, It’s nice to see you here. :-), I have a general idea of what my main goals are. Now it’s about implementation. I wish you all the best with 2013. 🙂

  • grace

    An excellent post. I am psrt of the 45 percent who make resolutions. I conf they have new a “road map” for bettering myself!

    • Hi Grace, Thanks, Yeah many of us fall in the category, don’t we? Good luck and all the best with your goal in 2013. 🙂

  • First – good luck, I know you’ll do well with many of your resolutions! As far as me, I don’t generally make resolutions… but I do have some big goals to travel and grow the blog 🙂

    • Hi dan, Thanks so much. Resolutions or not, I am very excited for you and your coming adventure. My wish for you is that your journey be everything you hope for, that you find what you are looking for and more. 🙂

  • jeremybelter

    Is daily exercise something you can do? What if you could do much less and see better results? What do you mean by exercise?

    Anyways that one stuck out because of the profession I am in and I see so many reason why people fail. Thanks for sharing and hope we can connect in the future online.

    • Hi Jeremy, It was until the Holidays. My goal is to get back to walking 3 to 3.5 miles a day followed with light weight and strength training. I do understand why it one people fail at because it’s so easy to find an “excuse” not to.

  • Julie

    You did pretty darn well last year. I wish I could say the same. I wish you the best of luck in 2013 with your new “goals”.

    • Hi Julie, Thanks and thanks for the best wishes. 🙂

  • Kelly Wade

    Your #4 is also one of mine and I think is one that is somewhat of a life-long goal. Some that are uniquely mind are; run at least 5 races (5k or 10k) and build up my savings account. Good luck, you definitely have it in you to be one of the 8%!

    • Hi Kelly, It is for me as well. WOW that is really great and I will cheer you on with both you goals. Thanks for the gook luck wishes and have a great 2013. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    I will only say good luck and hope you achieve your goals. Best in 2016 and always

  • Good luck with your resolutions. I hope you fall into the 8%. Either way, all the best in 2016.

  • I’ve never made New Year resolutions. But your list intrigued me. If I had to pick one, I’d go with: Help others in their dreams. I like the idea of connecting with others and helping them succeed. Enjoy 2016.

  • Thank you for this, Susan! I feel very un-inspired to write my resolutions post, as well as my word of the year, & you’re inspiring me! 🙂

  • Each new year I strive to live my life in a way that doesn’t’ cause upset to other people I treat people how I hope they will treat me, I believe life is too short to be miserable, we need to do stuff and live our lives in ways that makes us happy

  • Bola

    Helping others achieve their dreams is the one resolution I’m adding to my list. I make resolutions each year but I also creating vision boards. Thanks Susan and happy new year!

  • Pat Ruppel

    I could just copy and paste what you’ve listed here, Susan, as it’s the same in my life and I could definitely use some help in those areas. I find, though, that most of my goals (or resolutions) are not as tangible and can mostly be measured with the feeling of self-improvement and daily interaction.

    So, in looking back at 2015, I guess I had a lot of success in that. My heart is full of love and life is great! Not much more I could ask for only hoping more of the same in 2016. Happy New Year for you and many blessings coming your way. 🙂 (Now, I am getting clues on road trips — hmmm.)

  • Susan — good luck with your resolutions. Mine are, as always, no more coulda, woulda, shouldas, stay fit and have fun. The stay fit one is high on my list because ever since I moved to Florida I travel everywhere by car. New Yorkers, in contrast, walk everywhere, which I did, too. So, I’m going to really start using my Y membership and also make every effort to lose the weight I’ve gained. It’s a never ending battle.

  • Rose M Griffith

    Having gotten to know you via your blog this year, I have zero doubt that these goals will be hit in 2016. Your ongoing encouragement to the BHB group is an easy one: You do this by your default of being a nice person!

  • Susan, you don’t need luck, you got this! But I do wish you all the best. I’ll be joining you on almost all of those resolutions, so I’ll think of you often as I’m pursuing my own goals!

  • I don’t usually have New Year’s resolutions but for many years it was to quit smoking. I eventually did but not after about 10 New Year’s resolved attempts. So I guess I’m an example of the 8% success stat.

  • Pat Ruppel

    Never thought of it that way, Susan, but I guess it is true that how we feel defines our success. I like that perspective and will definitely keep you in mind if I find myself heading west for a road trip. Thank you, my friend. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    That’s why you’re such a success, Susan. Would love paying you a visit — it would be a kick to meet and sit down with you, my friend. Family is on the other coast but never know what will unfold and what the universe has in mind. I’m open and happy for your invitation.