How to Achieve your New Year’s Resolutions


Jenny Pfeifer, Journalist

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Sometimes people never end up finishing their resolution because they didn’t focus enough on how they could achieve it as well as put enough effort into it,”

— White

     Every year, countless numbers of people make new year’s resolutions in hopes of either breaking a bad habit or forming a good one. This tradition of making and following new year’s resolutions started near the 17th and 18th century, after Scottish writer Anne Halkett wrote a diary entry accommodating several pledges such as “I will not offend anymore”. 

     Although making new year’s resolutions became normal, so did not being able to achieve them. In this modern day there are so many goals that we want to make but for some reason, fail to keep. 

     “I think that people fail to achieve or continue their new year’s resolutions because they might lack the motivation, especially if they try to rush and achieve goals that require a lot of time and effort. By attempting to reach a goal in an unrealistic time frame, the goals can become too time consuming or even dreadful,” said Sophomore Adreina White. 

     There are easy tips to follow that can definitely help with achieving your resolutions. The first easy tip is to do some research. Research is key to really knowing whether or not your resolution will be worth it. A great idea would be to research someone who has already accomplished the resolution you want to achieve. In this way you can learn, prepare, and understand the steps and effects your resolution(s) will have. 

     Another tip would be overcoming temptations. The reason we fail is because of the temptation of things that would destroy the purpose of our goals such as certain  foods, video games, social media, etc. To help with this, remind yourself to focus on the positive outcomes for not giving into the temptations. 

     “Make a resolution that you really want to accomplish, something that you’ll put the effort into that will make you feel good once you’ve accomplished it,” said Sophomore Amanda Veltkamp.

     Finally, make sure that your new year’s resolutions are goals that you want to achieve for yourself. Making resolutions that affect you but are for others to see and complement is not a healthy reason for a new year’s resolution. Do what you want to better yourself because you want to. 

     “I think losing weight is usually the most common resolution. I think this is because either people want to constantly evolve and better themselves or because society and beauty standards make people think they have to lose weight and be a certain way to be loved and to fit in,” said Sophomore Alannah Lehr.