We’ve all heard the saying, “New year, new me,” which at this point is almost aggravating to hear. Even though this phrase is overused and old, New Year’s resolutions are a trend that will never go out of style.
Resolutions are a good reminder to envision how one wants their year to look like and plan ahead as to how they’re going to conquer these goals. Aspirations of these sorts can range greatly, but they should all be dreams to better themselves.
According to Kelsey Mulvey from Business Insider, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. In order to not fall into this drastic statistic, try writing goals down, making a dream board, and record progress along the way. Dream boards are a simple visual aid to help keep on track. All one needs to do is print out ideas and things they’d like to accomplish and place or post them wherever necessary as a friendly reminder. This helps to be able to look back and reflect on how to keep going and obtaining one’s intentions for a better self.
Part of the reason so many resolutions fail so quickly is because the goals are too extreme. Set more realistic goals and create checkpoints along the way to help keep up with the tasks. Resolutions aren’t a quick fix and take time to reach, so don’t expect to see results right away. This can discourage many and leave them to ditch their goals.
A common resolution is exercising more frequently and eating healthier. While this is a good resolution to have, it doesn’t have to be the only option. There are other ideas to help better oneself, including having better self confidence, taking more pictures, being nicer to more people, or reading more.
Marie Cechota, senior, has some goals for herself during this year. “[My resolution is] focusing on myself and learning about who I’m becoming,” she said. With a goal like this, it’s more difficult to record progress, but Cechota has plans for sticking to it. “Be yourself, learn from your mistakes, have fun, and make new friends,” Cechota said.
While resolutions are traditionally made at the beginning of the year, it’s never too late to make a goal and work towards conquering it. No matter what the resolution is, there’s bound to be slip ups along the way, but it’s important to remain determined because it will be worth it in the end to see the results.