The problem with New Year’s Resolutions

Caleb Croddy, Features and Opinions Editor

The main problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that people usually set goals that are too high for them to reach, then later give up on themselves. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of people who made resolutions were successful. “Exercise some more,” “lose some weight,” “get organized,” and “travel more” are all examples of how vague some resolutions can be. With these, many people don’t actually even know where to start and have already given up before really giving it a shot. When asked about his experience with resolutions, junior Sam Khoers said, “I give up on them before I even start them.” It makes sense, considering how vague most of them can be, and how hard it can be to follow through.

A great, healthy way to fix these vague resolutions would be to make them more attainable. Instead of saying, “exercise more,” try saying things like, “I’ll go to the gym on Tuesdays,” or “I’ll go on a jog a few times a week,” as that would be more of a statement rather than a wish, and incredibly less vague. Instead of, “lose a few pounds,” a stronger statement could be along the lines of, “Try this new diet,” or “Get the help of a trained professional.” These resolutions aren’t just stronger statements, but are easier to stick to rather than the weaker ones.

 Having faith in yourself is important as well. Change doesn’t happen overnight, and can take awhile. Then if or when you end up attaining this goal, it has to be something you can stay with, otherwise things will go back to the way they were before. They’re called “lifestyle changes” for a reason. There’s also a problem with thinking along the lines of, “Well, I missed a day. I guess I’ll just have to wait until next year.” If it happens like that, then you were set to fail from the beginning, because you would have to change your mindset to one that can get it done and not make excuses not to.

You can still improve yourself without resolutions, too. The time of year should not dictate how or when you live your life. In the end, New Year’s is just the start of another year. No one is forcing you to make a resolution, so you can always improve yourself at your own pace, as it doesn’t matter when you start as long as you stick to it. If you can be reasonable with yourself, and find a goal that suits you, then you can always change your life for the better.