With New Year’s celebrations having come and gone and resolution season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the reasons for the goals that we promised ourselves in 2014. Education finds itself in the #6 spot with many people determined to learn something new and exciting, which is why Brandman brings you inspiration and statistics for success in this time of recommitment.
For the Inspired
We began this week celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, who during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964 said, “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.” The words of this historic leader seem to align with the Top 10 resolutions for this year that fall into the familiar categories of healthier lifestyles, creating efficiencies and strengthening relationships.
In the words of Helen Keller, “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” No matter the personal pledge, New Year’s resolutions resonate deeply with many of us in a natural state of continuously improving through the pursuit of happiness.
For the Calculated
For those who need concrete evidence to help motivate them to move forward here are some New Year’s resolutions statistics to consider:
- The History: The act of making New Year’s resolutions is believed to be the oldest traditions, dating back to ancient times. There is debate that its origin has roots in the Babylonian era (approximately 4,000 years ago) or during Roman rule (circa 153 B.C.).
- The Population: An estimated 17.8 million Americans will maintain their personal resolves for the entire year of 2014.
- Success 10 times over: People who make a New Year’s resolution are 10 times more likely to change their lives than those who don’t. Amplified further, it’s been shown that those who say their goals out loud are 10 times more likely to achieve them than those who keep their resolutions to themselves.
- Personal and Career Goals: 47% of resolutions are self-improvement or education-based. The Huffington Post reported that hundreds of thousands of Americans enroll in personal enrichment classes each year. The figures are broken down in terms of the odds an employed person is engaged in the following education-related activities:
- Career-or job-related courses: 1 in 2.6
- Apprenticeship programs: 1 in 71.4
- Personal interest classes: 1 in 4.6
- Informal learning activities for personal interest: 1 in 1.4
Learn more: Listen to “Something to Talk About” by Brandman University and say your resolution out loud. Remember by doing so you are 10 times more likely to achieve your goals in 2014.