New Year’s Resolutions
By Carolyn Holan and Claire McKenna
Did you know that over 25% of Americans abandon their New Year’s resolution within the first week? New Year’s resolutions are made by many each year, but kept by very few. Keeping a New Year’s resolution can be difficult and frustrating. It is a sudden change in your lifestyle that you feel forced to keep. This is the pressure that makes many people lose their enthusiasm for their goals or drop them completely. Although it takes determination, New Year’s resolutions can be extremely rewarding and provide the inspiration you need to pursue a new lifestyle. Over 133,938,000 Americans set goals each year, but only 25,512,000 complete them entirely. There is even a day that encourages people to let go of their goals called Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day, on January 17th, only about two weeks after resolutions have been made. Making your goals specific, realistic, and relevant to you are all important factors that make it easier to keep a goal. This can make or break the process of following through with your goals, and it will be easier to measure your progress as the year continues.
Being healthy is the most common New Year’s resolution. Sophomore Rebecca Wolf had this goal at the beginning of the year. She said, “I lose more determination to keep my resolution every day. I gave up my goal for this year about two weeks ago.” Rebecca’s resolution for this year was to be healthier, just like millions of other Americans. One issue Rebecca encountered with this goal was how vague her resolution is. Being healthy could mean anything from eating healthy to getting adequate sleep. If Rebecca had narrowed her goal down to eating healthier, or exercising on a schedule it could have encouraged her to keep going. Another sophomore, Kat Lynch, made a New Year’s resolution to stop eating Wendy’s or McDonald’s. The specificity of her goal has helped to not break it this far. She knows exactly how to follow through with her goal, and is planning on keeping it through the rest of the year. Gigi Vollmer, a junior at HB, made a goal to do something active once a day. Her goal is similar to Kat’s because it is specific and she can easily figure out whether or not she is completing her goal every day.
The moral of the story is set a goal but keep it specific and targeted if you want to stick to it.