Have you been keeping up with your New Year’s Resolutions?

By: Zayra Valencia

Almost an entire month has passed since the New Year; how have you been keeping up with your resolutions? For some people, maybe most people, they have not followed through with their resolutions. Some people who are currently doing a good job of keeping up with their resolutions will unfortunately lose focus or dedication eventually, but why is this?

Well, most people are optimistic for the New Year because it may be the end of a chapter in their life and a fresh start for opportunities. Many people on New Year’s Eve are in the mind set of “all or nothing” and create ambiguous resolutions that they know they will not follow through with, but still attempt to try.

Usually, these ambiguous resolutions last one to a few months, because people hit a reality check within the first month and realize how difficult it is to commit to their goal and actually follow through with it.

One common resolution is to lose weight and hit the gym. This is a good resolution; however, it becomes less doable when people say they are going to workout in gym everyday of the week. It is extremely challenging to commit to something like this depending on the person; they might have to go to work or school, or maybe even both. According to a New York Times article, “Four out of five people who make New Year’s resolutions … will eventually break them. In fact, a third won’t even make it to the end of January.”

My advice is that people should set a realistic goal for themselves to complete within a reasonable time frame. Its important to not overwhelm yourself because when you become overwhelmed you start doubt yourself and give up. If you are going to make a resolution, actually commit to it. At the end of the day, if you do not accomplish your goal, you are only letting yourself down, so follow through with your New Resolution for a better you.

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