Survey: Only 59 percent follow through with their New Year resolutions
SINGAPORE - A poll of over 800 people across Singapore and Malaysia revealed that the biggest challenges to people fulfilling their New Year resolutions are lack of willpower and discipline, and lack
SINGAPORE – A poll of over 800 people across Singapore and Malaysia revealed that the biggest challenges to people fulfilling their New Year resolutions are lack of willpower and discipline, and lack of time due to work commitments. In a Live Great survey conducted by life insurance group, Great Eastern, to discover the top New Year resolutions Singaporeans and Malaysians make and their successes in achieving those goals, 56% of respondents said that lack of willpower and discipline was their greatest challenge in realising their quests.
The online survey conducted over a two-week period earlier this month also highlighted lack of time due to work (53%) and family commitments (22%) as the second and third contributing causes respectively weakening people’s resolve in their new year pursuits. Despite the challenges, 59% of the respondents declared that they had accomplished their goals in 2013 and were still maintaining them at the time of the survey. 41% confessed to not achieving them and of these, 26% disclosed that they had managed to hold on to their resolutions for only one to three months (see Annex). The study also highlighted that most respondents (48%) had chosen to take on their personal challenges by themselves, without seeking external support. When asked about the success rate of sole endeavours against those planned with others, 53% admitted that plans involving other people achieved a higher success rate compared to solo efforts.
For 2014, the top resolutions for survey respondents remain unchanged from 2013. When asked what could help them fare better in 2014, 82% of respondents replied that they plan to seek the help of friends, family or their partners:
§ 54% plan to seek the help of at least one family member
§ 40% will look to their better halves
§ 39% would turn to their close friends for support; and
§ 24% declared that support from colleagues could help to motivate them