January 4, 2023
Erin Fay

New Year, New Me

Well, well, well. Would you look at that...its 2023 already! Queue the social media post about “New Year, New Me” but who are we fooling??

The new year is time for people to start fresh and change their habits of the past year. Some people say they are going to eat healthier, cut down on drinking, exercise more, call their families more...whatever it may be, time for change!! But the real question is, how long will these resolutions last? According to the NY Post, on average, New Year’s resolutions last until February 1st. Just a short 32 days. In a poll of 2,000 Americans, 68% admitted to giving up their resolutions even sooner than that! What's worse is that one in seven Americans do not even believe that they will follow through with their resolution in the first place.

The next question is why even make a New Year’s Resolution in the first place if you know you will not keep it? If every year we quit by February, why do we think it's going to be different this go around? As humans, we feel like we need to prove ourselves whether that be to ourselves or others. So, by making a resolution, you need to prove to others that you can keep it, but the downside is as soon as someone you told about it fails, you think it's okay to quit too because “you made it farther than them”. Or we will try to get our friends to do the same resolution so they can keep each other accountable... for a few weeks anyways. The average person according to NY Post said that they would pay $15,748 just to have someone hold them accountable for their resolutions- a lot of money for a quitter if you ask me.

Why can’t we keep up our resolutions? It only takes four things in a single day to go wrong for us to deem the day as a “bad day”. It’s almost like we wait for something to go wrong so we can say, “well today isn’t the day, I'll start tomorrow” … kind of why we wait until the new year to make ourselves better, huh? The top two reasons we can’t stick to our resolutions are a lack of discipline and a busy schedule. We make plans to change but we forget to plan how we will execute our new goal.

This is not to say don't make a New Year’s resolution. Just remember, if you are going to make a resolution, don’t just think about the end goal but plan on how you are going to get there. Life is a marathon, not a sprint... same goes for your New Year’s resolution.

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