The beginning of a new year is often seen as an opportunity to kick off positive changes. These changes are often reflected in the tradition of New Year's resolutions. The start of the year provides a sense of renewal. It allows people to break away from bad habits and establish new routines. Those that contribute to personal growth in various aspects. However, creating resolutions is a simpler task than sticking to them. By the end of March, many people find themselves deviating from their initial commitment and reverting to familiar patterns. Setting New Year’s Resolutions As people anticipate the holiday season and the upcoming New Year, a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of The Vitamin Shoppe and Ancient Nutrition, involving 2,000 U.S. adults, indicates a preference for a gradual approach to goal setting (40%) rather than an immediate, bold approach (18%). Even though people like taking it slow, most still lean towards long-term goals (42%), not short-term ones (27%). Those who enjoy long-term goals mention the ability to progress at a comfortable pace (62%), the potential for bigger results (57%), and the fact that nobody needs to know if they veer off track (56%) as reasons for their preference. On the other hand, short-term goals are favored for their higher success rate (61%), quicker visible results (59%), and inherent simplicity (55%). The survey also highlights certain goals that are considered more achievable, such as improving hygiene practices (62%), increasing water intake (55%), incorporating daily vitamins and supplements (49%), and working on flexibility (41%). When to start achieving your goals? While 34% of respondents identify January as the optimal month to start new goals or habits, the study notes that 14% prefer February, and 12% assert that any month is suitable. Three-quarters (75%) of respondents commit to at least one resolution each new year, with an additional 12% setting resolutions intermittently. But not everyone sees the new year in the same light. Some respondents view resolutions as motivational (63%), a traditional practice (50%), and a means of enhancing health (44%). Among these respondents, 83% claim to have achieved success with their resolutions over the years. Take a look at the complete study here.