With everyone excited to say goodbye to 2020, January 1st, 2021 marks the beginning of a brand-new year, and with that comes New Year’s resolutions. They are created by taking time to evaluate life over the past year in hopes of making changes for the following year. According to Pew Research Center, the success rate of New Year’s resolutions is as low as 6 percent.
“I try to create a New Year’s resolution every January because I believe it’s best to improve each year,” senior Alyssa Tautenhahn said. “It gives me an opportunity to do better in life by bettering myself. This year I want to work on spending more time with friends, and I plan to follow through with that by making the time to see them in between work and school.”
According to Harvard Medical School, there are seven healthy steps to help create and follow through with long-lasting change. One of them being to clearly define goals by “Dreaming big” while breaking that dream into “small enough steps” that are both specific and realistic
“One thing I want to change this year is to start trying to form new friendships,” senior Jayden Douglas said. “I can break that into small enough steps by getting out of my comfort zone and reaching out to new people. It’s important to me because I’m a very outgoing person but just never had it in me to show that side. I don’t want to hide in the shadows, so this year I plan to show more of who I am.
According to Forbes, tracking your progress is also essential in reaching your goal. This helps centralize focus on why this goal is important. It also helps identify the potential obstacles and strategies for how to overcome them and allows space to reflect on accomplishments.
“For my new year’s resolution, I plan to stop eating out as much, to drive around less, and to basically stop spending money on things I don’t need,” senior Sailor Summers said. “An obstacle that I would face is that I usually pay for everything I need by myself. However, I can work on focusing on what I strictly need and don’t need so that I can get to my goal.”
Harvard Health also states that the ability to stay committed to your goals is a valuable skill to achieve personal success. While setting goals is a simple process, maintaining momentum and progress can be challenging without effective strategies in place.
“My New Year’s resolution this year is to get some scholarships, get into a good college, and basically figure out what I want to do with my life,” senior Andre Morgan said. “The way I plan to stay committed is to constantly remind myself that these decisions will have a major impact on my future. I will also seek mentors of different expertise in a variety of job fields to help guide me. I believe success is achieved by doing more and talking less.”
Forbes also said to “get up, when you slip up,” meaning to not turn relapses or temporary failures into excuses for not achieving your goals. Instead, acknowledge the mistake and recommit to the path. Psychologist Dr. Marciano states that resiliency is the key.
“It’s important for me to complete my new year’s resolution despite any setbacks,” senior Logan Slezinsky said. “My goal for the next year is to learn how to do a front flip. So even if I feel like giving up, I will remember why I wanted to learn in the first place.”