A recent study showed that only 10% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. That doesn’t indicate that people are particularly “resolved” when they decide what changes they want to make in their lives. A resolution can mean two things: First, it can mean that there is an issue that needs to be dealt with, and it has come to a close. In other words, the situation has come to a resolution. The other meaning which ties in more closely with New Year’s is that a decision has been made and we are bound to the decision.

Maybe the 90% of people who aren’t keeping to their resolutions have been influenced by Congress, the U.N. and other political bodies who make lots of “non-binding resolutions.” Those pieces of meaningless legislation have the net effect of saying, “here is what we think should happen, but, you know, whatever…”

I encourage you this year to make your resolutions binding. Do not allow yourself any wiggle room. It is a settled matter. You’ve decided and that is that. You are resolved to the change.

What are you resolved to do this year? Email me at jake.poore@wecreateloyalty.com or Tweet me @jakepoore