Resolution makers vs. resolution keepers

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More than half of all resolutions fail. Millions of people make New Year’s resolutions every year to improve their health and achieve new goals. Resolutions can range from big goals like losing weight to small ones, such as making sure you compliment someone every day.  

Unfortunately, these wishy-washy commitments do not last exceptionally long. “Discover happy habits” (discoverhappyhabits.com) shares that only after two weeks, 71% of people keep up with their resolution and in 6 months, only 46% of people stay determined.  

“My resolution would have to be not letting things get to me… and no, I don’t think I’ll get it done,” junior Morgan Phillips said.  

We often take on too much, too fast. Instituting an easier accomplishment can have a higher success rate. In 2021, the most popular New Year’s resolution was “doing more exercise or improving my fitness” and only a small share of people kept it.  

However, resolutions like these should not be compulsive.  

Deciding to make a substantial change in your life requires time to reflect on what you want to work towards. New Year’s resolutions hardly ever change. In 2018, 1,210 people were asked if they kept their resolutions and 13% were unsuccessful. Another 54% of them did not make resolutions at all.  

Many of these resolutions are simply too unstructured to be useful or too difficult to achieve. For example, it can be hard for someone who is trying to quit smoking. 

According to “Discover Happy Habits” only 4% of people who attempt to quit stay cigarette free a year later. Despite the difficulty of quitting, it is one of the biggest resolutions every year, in addition to being the one with the most unsuccessful outcome.  

People also want to lose weight and start with a goal that is too big which urges them to give up. Forty-eight percent of people made this resolution in 2019.  

 

A smart goal is well thought out, achievable, relative and timely.  

Whatever your resolution, if you have found yourself in a position of ineffective resolutions, make simpler ones.  New Year’s resolutions are not meant to be difficult, but perhaps a big enough challenge to make a change to yourself or others.  

“I want to become a better person mentally and physically and focus on leaving out the negativity in my life,” senior Hayleigh Blackwell said.