New Year’s Resolutions Destined to Fail?

Haley Mathew, A&E Editor

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Every year when the clock strikes twelve and the ball drops people have hopes of finally losing that extra ten pounds or quitting a bad habit such as smoking, however more than likely these resolutions are forgotten.  

According to Timothy Pychyl, a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Canada, resolutions are a form of “cultural procrastination” or an effort to reinvent oneself. People make resolutions to motivate themselves. “People aren’t ready to change their bad habits, and that accounts for the high failure rate,” said Pychyl. Another reason people fail to keep their resolutions is that people set unrealistic goals and expectations in their resolutions, said Dr. Avya Sharma of the Canadian Obesity Network. According to a survey done by the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of people usually make New Year’s Resolutions and only 8% succeed in achieving their resolutions.

When asked why people quit or gave up on their resolutions students had around the same ideas.

“I think people don’t keep them is because sometimes they don’t want to accept change and they end up falling back into their old habits,” said junior Alyson Wiseman.

“They expect too much of a radical change and start all at once after an arbitrary date while the actual practice cannot reasonably be maintained in their lifestyle and the habit isn’t gradually developed,” said junior Callie Downing.

“People give up on their resolutions because they realize that no matter what year it is they’re still lazy,” said junior Ava Damiani.

Some tips to help keep your resolution are:

  1. Focus on only one resolution instead of several
  2. Take small steps. Many people quit because the goal is to big or unachievable.
  3. Don’t wait till New Year’s eve to make resolutions, make it a year long process.

So stay focused on your goal, make sure it’s actually achievable, and take small steps. Don’t wait till next year get started on your goal now!

 

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