Lose New Year’s Resolutions; Only 8 percent succeed


Senior Amira Johnson. SR

It is December now, and the new year is right around the corner. It is the time of year for people to start thinking about the upcoming year. 

A New Year’s Resolution is a promise that an individual strives to fulfill to change an undesired behavior to improve that person’s life. Nowadays, people do not make traditional New Year’s resolutions, but rather goals. Some common resolutions are to get in shape, go to the gym, eat healthy or diet, and explore the outdoors. According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, “10.8 percent of all gym memberships sales in 2016 took place in January.” This data was taken from a survey of 6400 gyms, because of people’s New Year’s resolutions the gym is benefiting from it.

Personally, I think it is a complete waste of time since it’s rare that anybody even follows through with them for more than a week. I know that I’m not going to do them. I would just keep putting them off and I would never make an effort to get them done, so I stopped making them. 

According to a study, that was done by the University of Scranton, data showed that 8 percent of people complete their New Year’s goals and 80 percent fail to do. Lots of people still make New Year’s Resolutions, but some never follow through. 

So why do people keep making them? 

Maybe it is good to have a goal or something to set your mind to, and completing them gives people a sense of accomplishment. 

Many students have mentioned that they make or have made New Year’s Resolutions but they do not follow through with them. Possible reasons may be giving up or just forgetting about them. 

For example, a student’s New Year’s resolutions was “eating healthy and trying to be on time to things more often,” said senior Tori Martin. That one has been said plenty of times. 

Making New Year’s resolutions can be tricky, and there are reasons why people pass and fail them. For instance, some people may give up, forget about it, or just think too much on it. Some goals are just straight up ridiculous and others outrageous. Then there are the meaningful resolutions. Some people plan to give back to their community or help others less fortunate. 

Coming to the end of the decade, leading into the New Year it never hurts to make goals or make an effort to get out of your comfort zone. 

“I don’t know why people wait for the beginning of the year for someone to become a better person when I should want to be a better person everyday of the year,” said English teacher, Miss Madison Long-Blanchard. 

For those who do decide to make resolutions or any goals for the 2020 year start by setting goals that are reasonable and ones you can actually achieve without all the hassles. Try step to step resolutions, set small goals to help you reach the bigger goal.