Resolving to change

Tell us what you're really like when it comes to making and breaking goals. We'll feature the results—and some of our favourite answers—in our January 2005 issue.

1. What kind of New Year’s resolution do you make most often?
About health
About weight loss/fitness
About work goals
About family
About habits
About money
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions
Other (please specify)

2. If you don’t make new year’s resolutions, why not? (Please skip to the next question if you DO make resolutions.)
I don’t believe in resolutions
I never stick to them
Sure, I have goals but I don’t make them at a specific time of year
For me, the real New Year starts in September
Other (please specify)

3. What’s a goal you always set but never reach?
Lose weight
Get in shape
Eat better
Spend more time with friends/family
Work less
Learn a new skill
Devote more time to hobbies/leisure
Pay down debt
Focus on spirituality or religion
Change careers/switch jobs
Go back to school
Spend more time by myself
Other (please specify)

4. What goal are you proudest of reaching?

5. How do you keep track of your goals?
Make a list
Keep a journal/diary
Tell a friend or colleague
Keep it in my head
Other (please specify)

6. What’s the one thing you’d most like to change about your life (health? lifestyle? money? relationships? home? work? habits? etc.)

7. If you could change one thing about your personality, what would it be?

8. What single thing motivates you to make a change or achieve a goal?
Health concerns
Financial issues
Pressure from others
The promise of rewards
Having support from others
The enjoyment of trying something new
Knowing how to go about it
Other (please specify)

9. What single thing typically prevents you from achieving your personal goals?
Nothing gets in my way
Health concerns
Lack of support
Insufficient knowledge
Trouble staying motivated
Too busy/not enough time
Resistance from others
I make a change that’s too big, too soon
I don’t see results
Other (please specify)

Your name (First name only)
Your e-mail (Please include your e-mail address in case we decide to interview you for the story)

Thanks for sharing your replies. Don’t be shy about sharing some more: please let your friends know about this survey. And look for the results in a feature in the January 2005 issue of Chatelaine magazine.

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