New Year, New You: Or so Foreseen
Written by Cassidy Morrell
Edited by Bailey Baldwin
Do you ever catch yourself wondering where the term “New Year’s Resolution” actually came from? Or why many people typically give up after a short period of time? According to the article Psychology Today, after six months, 60% of people fail. Even worse, after three months, 50% fail, by one month, 40% fail, and after just a week, 22% of the population fails their resolutions.
In addition, it’s stated from Canadian scientist, Gad Saad, that the three main reasons why many people fail to reach their resolutions are because of;
The first one is vague or unclear goals created. Some plans tend work better if there is a set specific goal rather than just a bold statement. (“I plan to lose 20 lbs by June 1,” is better to announce, rather than, “I plan to be more active.”)
The second is how many fail to gauge their own progress towards planned goals. The amount of work that’s put into a resolution scares some people, resulting in why they fail to come through. Planning a goal is simple, but sticking to it is oftentimes hard.
And the third is due to little to no self control or self regulation. Sticking to a goal helps if there is motivation and planning everything out. Many fail due to the challenges that are difficult, and unfortunately, laziness and quitting seem easier than working hard for some.
Furthermore, the number one made resolution in America is weight loss, which ranges to about 37% of people wanting to exercise and/or diet more often to lose weight. The second most made goal is to cut back on alcoholic beverages and smoking habits at 29%. Acknowledging from the article, http://www.tipsywriter.com/blog/10-interesting-facts-new-years-resolutions/ Around 38% of people never claim to make a resolution for themselves. On average, about 45% of Americans consistently make a goal for the new year. Of those achieving their resolutions, about 40% were successful on the first try, and the rest took multiple attempts with as much as 17% taking over 6 tries.
Think about how many people invade gyms at the start of January. By the time October rolls around, it’s practically empty. Why is that? Since many people have adapted to the New Year being a “New Start,” majority feels like it’s a reset button, or a time for self-improvement. Wonder where these resolutions came from? They originated from the ancient Babylonians about 4,000 years ago in Rome. From the website, http://www.history.com/news/the-history-of-new-years-resolutions It’s said that during a massive 12-day religious festival which was known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the current king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. These promises were carried out and soon grew to be considered as New Year’s resolutions over the course of hundreds of years.
As of today, however, many people only make resolutions on their own, which are primarily in attempts at rising to one’s full potential. From recent research, only 8% of the people who’ve made new resolutions have successfully met their goals. And although many fail to reach their resolutions, every year, more than half the United States alone continues to keep making them—think about this the next time you set a New Year’s goal, and don’t let yourself give in so easily.