2021 New Year Resolutions. How long will they last?


Many people write New Years Resolutions, but how often do they keep them?

Makenna Orrick, Feature Editor

“New year, new me” has been a popular saying for many years. People use the new year as a way to make a positive change in their lives. Some strive to be healthier or to make more money. 

But how do we continue our motivation for our goals throughout the new year?

You might have been overwhelmed with a list of resolutions before like acute cleanses, intense workouts, and new study habits to produce a year of self-love. Those types of resolutions tend to make you feel burned out, and by the end of the month, you’re back into the same cycle. 

It’s important to remember that progress isn’t linear; change will not happen in a day. As the famous Leo Tolstoy once said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Putting forth effort for such goals is also a key component. If you begin working toward a goal without any plan in place, you will quickly find yourself giving up when faced with setbacks. You are never going to lose weight with no workouts or meal plans. Making wiser financial decisions won’t happen without a budget. 

A good start is by writing down your objectives, crafting a list of things you will do to achieve that goal, and taking note of any obstacles that might hinder your progress. 

By understanding exactly what you want to achieve and the difficulties you could face, you’ll be better prepared to stick to your resolution when hard times come. 

Staying accountable for the changes you want to make is essential as well. Make a commitment through a written or verbal promise to people who want the best for you. Go so far as to find an accountability partner who will help you conquer success by achieving goals as a team. 

By making more reasonable resolutions for yourself you can confidently accomplish them throughout the year.  

No resolution is too small. Spending more time with family, getting organized, or simply reading more are all objectives that can be practically accomplished with lifestyle changes. 

New Year’s resolutions don’t serve their purpose if they are unattainable. Being realistic with our goals is what keeps us motivated to make the change we wish to see in our lives.

Forget perfection! Along the way, likely, you will occasionally stray from the pursuit of your resolutions, and that’s okay. Don’t let a wave of demotivation discourage you to give up. Every failure is an opportunity to grow and improve your future!