Do New Years Resolutions Really Work?


Story by Katie Lennon and Bridget Peterson

With New Year’s Day having just passed, New Year’s resolutions are sure to come with plenty of promises to eat healthy, take up a new hobby, or start saving more money. However, with 80% of New Year’s resolutions failing by February, there are some tips that can be followed to ensure people follow through with their goals.


“They only work if people remember them and stick to them. So in other words, they don’t work,” said sophomore Sabrina Marks.


However, that does not mean keeping New Year’s promises are impossible. It simply means that it requires hard work, dedication, and changing daily habits which many people simply do not have the time or motivation to stick to.


“If you have a New Years resolution, you should make it something that you feel you would actually work on, not something you know is unaccomplishable, and make time for it. Most people never follow through because they never have time for change,” said junior Brianna Oxley.


One way to make time for resolutions is to implement the goal into a schedule. If people put their goal on their schedule, it will force them to make time for it; and as long as they do not schedule anything over it, their goal has a better chance of getting done.


Problems with New Year’s resolutions typically start occurring in the first few weeks or months. This stems from the problem of staying in a long-term routine. As we are creatures of habit, it is hard for us to naturally be able to fall into that change and keep it consistent for a sustained period of time. This means if people genuinely wants to stick to their resolutions, they need to make an effort to be persistent.


“I think people have unrealistic expectations for what kind of resolutions they can make and which ones they can keep up. A lot of people say they want to lose a certain amount of weight by the end of the year, but then by then at the end of January, they have only lost three pounds, so they get disheartened and give up. I think to fix that, people could set monthly goals rather than annual goals,” said junior Morgan Crews.


Although New Year’s resolutions are known to not be completed, following a few steps can ensure they are completed. For example, if the goals are clearly outlined and the progress is tracked, someone has a greater chance of completing their resolution. Another easy tip is to share the goals with family and friends. Many people may find this embarrassing, but if family and friends know about the resolution, they can provide someone with social support. This is important because the encouragement will be coming from people they love and trust.

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