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New Year’s Resolutions Are Sometimes Hard to Accomplish

by Madison Cooper

There is a good chance that you have made a New Year’s resolution at least once in your life, but have you ever kept/succeed in your goal?

More than likely that would be no, but that’s okay because according to research you’re not alone. Around 60% of New Year’s resolutions fail [1] and a study done by the University of Scranton found that 77% of  New Year’s hopefuls make the week, that percentage than drops to 55% after a month, and by 6 month into the New Year only 40% of those who made a resolution actually stick with their goal [1].

The big question is why do people give up on their goals so easily? Walkersville freshman Brooke Turner said, “Most people don’t even take that stuff seriously and they pick basic goals anyway,” which could be true according to statisticbrain.com. The top five goals for a New Year’s resolution include losing weight, life/self improvement, better financial decisions, quit smoking, and living life to the fullest [2]. Senior Saul Montana says he doesn’t even make a goal for the New Year. “It’s pretty pointless — if you want to change something you should start whenever.”

Now this may sound a bit discouraging, but don’t worry if you’re still hanging onto those resolutions don’t worry there are plenty of tips and tricks to stick with them all year long. Here are a few suggestions from fellow WHS students:

Senior Shykema Jackson says “it would probably help if you picked something small so you don’t overwhelm yourself.” Freshman  Jada Tablah encourages students to not overthink it. She said, “If you doubt yourself it probably makes it a lot harder to even come close to your goal.” Senior Ashley Yeboah stated that, “It’s hard work like most things, but if you stay positive and stick with it it’s worth it.”  

Hopefully these wise words will give you or maybe someone you know the drive to continue your resolution. Who knows, you might surprise yourself by the end of the year.


[1]- http://www.vox.com/2014/12/29/7434433/new-years-resolutions-psychology