Career, top New Year’s resolution for 2003

If folks on Kaua’i mirror those on the Mainland, then we will make more New Year’s resolutions relating to careers than health and fitness.

The head of the Web site projects that 27 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions for 2003 will base them on career goals, at least according to 2002’s third-quarter goal-setting activity recorded at the site.

“Jobs are what’s on everybody’s mind, period,” said Greg Helmstetter, chief executive officer of, a site dedicated to the setting and reaching of personal and professional goals, recently announced its annual predictions describing what types of resolutions people are expected to make during the coming New Year’s season.

Some 27 percent of those responding put career goals at the top of their resolution lists for 2003, way up from 9 percent this year. Health and fitness goals were a close second, at 24 percent, down slightly from 27 percent this year.

Personal growth and interests was third, at 14 percent for the new year, compared to 7 percent at the beginning of this year. Education and training, personal finance, and time management and organization were next, at 8 percent each, all down from the current year.

“The dramatic increase in work-related goals is not just about getting jobs, but in particular, doing well at current jobs,” said Helmstetter.

“People are focusing on acquiring new skills and increasing their sales, productivity, and profitability. It’s a real sign of the times,” he said.

Another noteworthy trend, he continued, is a significant drop in goals related to personal finance.

“Personal finance is naturally an important category to goal-minded people,” said Helmstetter, “and we are seeing a lot of people wanting to pay down their debt.

“But like everyone else, our audience is much less interested in the stock market than they used to be. It’s as though they all decided that the way to make money is to roll up their sleeves and go make it themselves.”

Tips for making good new year’s resolutions are available at: allows individuals to set as many goals as they like, creating custom Goalplans from scratch, or selecting from a library of pre-made Goalplans that contain expert advice for accomplishing the goal. then sends e-mail reminders to keep individuals on track, until the goal is accomplished. This subscription-based service offers a free, 30-day trial.


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