Resolving to change

Tell us about your habits when it comes to making and breaking goals. Look for the results in a feature to be published in our January 2005 issue.

Thanks for telling us about your goals and resolutions. Now you can find out how you compare with other readers: look for the article in the January 2005 issue of Chatelaine magazine.

1. Do you set New Year’s resolutions?
Yes (proceed to question 2)
No (proceed to question 3)

2. If yes, what kind do you make most often?
About health
About weight loss/fitness
About work goals
About family
About habits
About money
Other (please specify)

3. If not, why not?
I don’t believe in resolutions
I never stick to them
For me, the real New Year starts in September
Other (please specify)

4. 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)

5. What goal are you proudest of reaching?

6. What goal are you glad you never reached?

7. 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)

8. What’s the one thing you’d most like to change about:

Your appearance

Your relationships with family, friends or your partner

Your work

Your sex life

Your habits

Your leisure time

Your life

Other (please specify)

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

10. What’s bugging you most about your life right now? Is it related to:
Where you live
Your work
A friend
Your spouse
Your children
Another family member
A co-worker
Your health
Your lifestyle
Your finances
Other (please specify)

11. What single thing typically delays you from starting to make a personal change or achieving a goal?
Nothing—once I get an idea to change, I go for it
Health concerns
Fear of getting started
Fear of failing
Knowledge—how do I do it?
Resistance from others
Other (please specify)

12. 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)

13. 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)

14. If you could change one thing about your home, what would it be?
I’d move
I’d renovate
I’d upgrade my stuff
I’d pare down my stuff
Other (please specify)

15. What single thing takes up more of your time than you’d like?
Household chores/tasks
Family responsibilities
Volunteer commitments
Financial concerns
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)

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