New year’s resolutions: An outdated tradition of the past

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Every new year, millions of people start off with big expectations of how they are going to change. They’ll make yearly resolutions of getting fit, eating healthier, or losing weight but these become daunting ideas, which many abandon within the first few weeks. 

According to Business Insider, part of the reason it’s hard to keep these resolutions is because they end up being so vague. Creating a more specific goal will make it more difficult for people to walk away from their resolutions.

Another reason that resolutions often fall through is that people don’t keep timelines on their goals. By marking goals as short-term, medium-term, or long-term, people are more likely to keep on task and see the progress they’re making towards their goals. 

People should have a positive attitude towards their resolutions and do something for themselves, not for someone else. Working on yourself and taking care of yourself is important and by making those goals about doing those things, you’ll end up happier in the long run.

Personally, I believe we should give up New Year’s resolutions for daily, weekly, or monthly goals. This makes it less daunting,  more do-able and your daily goals could be things like doing the dishes or cleaning your room. 

For the past three weeks, I have been eating healthier and working out because I have a goal of losing 15-20 lbs. My weekly goals are to work out twice a week and keep under the Weight Watchers weekly amount of points for food. Because I’ve made this goal specific and split it up into weekly and daily tasks, I haven’t abandoned it and I’ve already managed to lose 5 lbs. 

It also helps to have someone else to keep you on task. I’ve been doing Weight Watchers with my mom and we check up on each other weekly on how we’re both doing. It’s more fun to tackle difficult goals with someone by your side and it seems like an easier challenge if you’re not alone.

The truth is, there’s nothing stopping you from becoming a better version of yourself or accomplishing your goals. You don’t have to wait for the new year to tackle your long list of resolutions. Make this year about you and what you want to do. 


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