“New year new me,” said everyone, ever.
Every year when the last day of the year turns to the first, people follow suit by making promises of self-reform, vowing to be a better person or take up a new regular act of good. The concept sounds great, life-altering, and world saving if all that was true about it was sealed in that last sentence. If only. To say that many people fail to keep their resolutions would be a colossal understatement. It would be in contention for “Understatement of the Year” if there was such an award in existence. Speaking of things that are not in existence, most people’s resolutions fall away after the first two weeks of the year.
Before exploring how they often fall short, their great propensity for good must be acknowledged. Only a handful of people stick to their New Year’s resolution throughout the entirety of the year, not only enacting the change they wished to attain but also proving to themselves their astounding qualities of persistence and determination. Keeping a resolution requires an unwavering will to achieve and a great desire to succeed, and when both qualities mesh together the results are fruitful.
One prevalent example of New Year’s resolutions successfully boosting life trajectories falls in the health and weight loss category. There are countless examples of people struggling with their weight who vowed to start eating right and exercising and in turn got to a healthy weight. People who were able to do this went on to lead more active, involved lives where their weight no longer inhibited them from being all they could be. “[Resolutions] motivate you to do things that you want to accomplish and inspire you to be a better person than you were last year,” junior Justin Slud said.
Shamefully it’s not all sunshine and roses. While people can achieve their goal, it takes great mental fortitude and persistence that many people are not fully willing to devote. The success story is few and far between because it is such a trying test of determination and self-belief. According to statisticbrain.com, 92 percent of people who make resolutions fail to keep them through the year. “It’s difficult to keep that kind of determination throughout the entire year, which is why most New Year’s resolutions end up being empty words,” freshman Alec Zlotchenko said.
Resolutions signify the promise that is ushered in with a new year, a sort of hopefulness only brought about by a fresh start. The idea is a great one and a simple one, yet resolutions have proven to be the culmination of the term ‘easier said than done.’ Everyone has something to improve upon, and that is what makes resolutions so hopeful and yet so disappointing.