Making the change

New Year’s resolutions statistically tend to go awry

By The Schoolcraft Connection Editorial Staff

nyresolutionWith the start of a new year, many people feel the opportunity to make a changes in some aspect of their life. Most individuals have it set in their mind to better themselves with this change. However, it’s a sad reality that a majority of people don’t follow through with their promises at all. The most popular resolution American’s hope to achieve unsurprisingly deals with weight loss. According to details.com, 45 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution.

However, only a disappointing eight percent of Americans are ultimately successful in following through. However, while those who do attempt may ultimately fail, a whopping 38 percent of Americans make no effort to make a resolution whatsoever according to the same website.

Even the most common New Year’s resolutions usually do not last long and are hard to keep. Many people try to work out more and eat less, but they usually end up with little to no results or end up even gaining weight. Another popular New Year’s resolution is trying to make more money. People attempt to find ways to make money but eventually give up when they don’t see the financial results they desire. Another popular resolution is to find love. Many people who dedicate their whole year to trying to find love and when the next New Year’s Eve comes around they are alone again. It seems the most common New Year’s Eve resolutions go without being resolved.

Statistically, New Year’s resolutions are notoriously tricky to stick to as the year progresses. However there is hope for those who aim to stick to theirs for longer than a couple weeks. No matter what the resolutions are, there are a few simple tricks to ensure that they can be kept throughout the year.

According to Tasha Eurich of the Huffington Post, the first step is to take each resolution one at a time so optimal focus can be placed on each one. Her other tips include changing smaller bad habits that would lead to failed resolutions and to work every day at attaining small goals. In order to be most successful in a resolution, think of it as a life change rather than a small goal.

For many people New Year’s resolutions are actually not worth making in the first place. The start of the New Year is often made into a big deal of restarting the clock. The reality is that the clock is never reset. Everything will be the same when the workweek starts again and the stress of everyday life returns. While the New Year can be a good chance to start setting new life goals, any other day of the year can be the perfect time as well. The beginning of the year is just a marker it time. Any other day can be the first day to start a diet, a work out, or find new ways to be happy in life. It really is just up to the individual. Making a resolution that most people won’t follow often proves pointless when a resolution can be made any day of the year.

Making a New Year’s resolution seems to be a common practice, but the goals typically go unfinished. While making a positive change is admirable, the New Year may not be the time to do it. It is best for people to evaluate their mental and physical happiness, and decide when and what is the most necessary change to be made.

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