New year’s resolution? I’ll do it next year…

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Christopher V.

A new year’s resolution may seem like a great way to change a bad habit or to overcome one of your biggest vices, but has it become nothing more than an afterthought? For most, it seems to be an excuse. A resolution can be a great motivator, and has become a useful tradition in many families. Almost half of all American households make new year’s resolutions every single year, and many families share common goals. New years resolutions aren’t a new trend, either. They started in ancient Babylon as ways to repay favors and remedy grudges for the new year. It appears that, however, many families simply don’t have the care or drive to fulfill their resolutions. Statistics gathered in 2013 (Found from: http://www.statisticbrain.com) explain that, in a staggering result, only 8% of people who make resolutions in the new year actually achieve them. Ridiculous! But for many people, a new year’s resolution has become a simple formality. Not surprisingly, the most popular resolutions include weight loss and organization, but how does age play into success, or rather, lack thereof? It looks like they key is to start young, for resolutions at least. While only 14% of people over 50 years of age completed their new year’s goals, over 39% of individuals in their 20’s were generally successful in their resolutions. Furthering those stats, only 46% of any resolution lasted beyond 6 months. An awfully pathetic statistic, it appears. Why are these statistics so bleak? Unreasonable expectations. Many a resolution are set to an insurmountable level, and this is a huge confidence killer. Don’t plan to lose 50 pounds in a month, it simply doesn’t happen. Don’t plan to meet the partner of your dreams and get married on a simple whim, that’s just wishful thinking. The calendar may change, but it doesn’t mean you are going to be a different individual on January 1st. Be reasonable. Also, don’t be afraid to start a new year’s resolution altogether. People who explicitly state their resolution the first day of the new year are around ten times more likely to succeed at their goals than people who do not put their resolutions into words or keep them a secret. So this year, when you wake up on January 1st, let the world know what you plan to do. Be confident, and be reasonable. What is your new years resolution? Well, good luck with that. See you in 2015!

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