Bucket List predictions for 2017Submitted by Bart Wisniowski - Hacktrepeneur and blurnalist on December 26th, 2016
Every year at Bucketlist.org we observe and analyze the trends of our visitors and site members as they create new goals and manage to their Bucket Lists. We’ve noticed a few things over the years (i.e. that January 1 - 3 are the busiest days and it’s when we get the most traffic, new members, and then there typically is a bit of a drop off in goal based activities in as little as 2 weeks into the new year etc….)
So this year, I’ve decided to look a little closer and share some of the insights we’ve collected in a couple of short articles over the next few weeks.
I don’t have a crystal ball that tells the future yet, but here are my 3 prediction for Bucket List goals in 2017:
Prediction #1: Like all previous years, 2017 will be off to a very strong start.
This makes sense based on what we’ve seen historically and what stats and studies tell us. apparently 45% of Americans set new years resolutions (http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/). At the end of the day we are human and it’s in our nature to make resolutions.
Prediction #2: Most people will start losing steam two weeks into the new year.
The harsh reality of New Year’s goal setting… A recent study by the University of Scranton has shown that 45% of Americans usually make a New Year’s resolution, but only 8% of those people are successful at achieving their goal.
Not surprising. The majority of goals that people set as resolutions require a serious change in lifestyle, eating habits, or routine, which means significant time spent outside of your comfort zone. Although it’s possible to meet, or even crush those goals, most won’t.
Prediction #3: Users with certain characteristics will do better with their bucket list goals that the average.
At Bucketlist.org, we have a portion of members who come to us because of a life changing event or realization. I get letters from these people all the time, and most say they realized they just couldn’t go back to the way things were before. They had to make a change in their behavior to achieve their goals, dreams, and long held ambitions.
The key difference between this group and the majority of people, is that they passionately want to change, and are hell bent on making it happen. This is the kind of passion that’s needed to get through the times when they are way outside of their comfort zone, busy building a new one.
These individuals will have success with their 2017 bucket list goals…
In addition, the good news is that you don’t need a life altering experience to have better success. We’ve noticed that regular individuals that exhibit traits like publicly sharing goals, enrolling others in their goals (like friends, mentors or through work), and those able to make habits, do significantly better in achieving their bucket list goals.
So these are my 3 OFFICIAL BUCKET LIST PREDICTION for 2017 :-). History tends to repeat itself. The good news…. With just a few simple tweaks, can beat the stats. Stay tuned for another post...
Happy Holiday Season Everyone!