New Year’s Resolutions Barna Style

I’m not a huge new-year’s-resolution-making kinda guy. My thought has always been: if something in my life needs to change, why wait until January 1 to change it?

I’m sure that when I go to play basketball at 6am tomorrow morning, there will be more guys there than I saw in December (and that’s a good thing). But I also know (sadly) that I will not see many of these guys on the court by the time we get to February.

The Barna Group has a great article about Americans New Year’s Resolutions that you can read here. I was especially intrigued by this chart —

Can you help me and my readers out by answering these questions in the comments:

  • Did you make a New Year’s resolution last year?
  • If so, did it stick all year?
  • Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year?
  • If so, how do you plan to make it “stick”?

3 Responses to “New Year’s Resolutions Barna Style”

  1. Craig T. Owens Says:

    Here’s one passage from the article I found especially noteworthy…

    While people concentrate on themselves when making priorities for the New Year, it is telling that so few Americans say they want to improve relationships with others. There were virtually no mentions of volunteering or serving others; only a handful of comments about marriage or parenting; almost no responses focusing on being a better friend; and only a small fraction of people mentioned improving their connection with God.

    David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, explained these findings: “Only 9 out of more than 1,000 survey respondents – that’s not quite one percent – mentioned that one of their objectives for next year was getting closer to God in some way. Even in the rare instance when people mention spiritual goals, it is often about activity undertaken for God, rather than a personal pursuit of God or an experience with God.”


  2. Amber Says:

    Wow that is kinda sad…those are the things we should want to do and be better at…I am not a resolution person either…I just always believe u can always be better in everything and we should keep reaching for those goals..And there is always room for growth with God..most important is our relationship with him…can’t wait for what God has planed for 2011..I welcome it.. 🙂


  3. Kelly Mosher Says:

    My answers to those 4 questions respectively are… no…therefore no…and no….and then no. BUT I want to try my hand at the concept and I’m dabbling at it with a resource I found.


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