See Ya Later 2019

New Year's Resolutions: Pro

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Brianna O'Callaghan, Reporter

A new year calls for new resolutions, a tradition followed by 44% of Americans where some follow-through and others fall through. With the new year already here, it is important to know the benefits of making a New Year’s resolution.

New Year’s resolutions are a way to push that reset button, so people can see the best in themselves when they set and achieve their goals. A powerful and reasonable resolution can set the change you would like to see this year. 

Resolutions give you a jump start on finishing short and long term goals. The “new year, new you” cliche comes in handy when wanting to start over or focus on an aspect of yourself to change or grow into. Making a resolution helps most people who need that little push to set and reach their goals, and having that end of year deadline is the perfect motivation to help people finish them. 

New Year’s resolutions allow people to reflect on the past year and make changes for the upcoming one. Resolutions make people self-reflect and consider what values are important and how to apply them to the year. Thinking about areas in life that need improvement, what works and what does not work is clear because of past experiences and mistakes. It is a chance to ditch that soda-drinking or procrastination habit, for occasional indulgences and better time management. Something about the year ending makes us look back at either the good times or the times we wish we could change. 

Some resolutions come with deals; they can help with achieving better financial status, health, and so much more. Over 40% of Americans who made a resolution made a goal to eat healthier. Over 50% want to save more money this year. It is difficult to try and be healthier or save more money during the years, especially around holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, so New Year is the perfect time to change that.

Some would say that New Year’s resolutions are unreasonable and are sometimes set without a plan of action, but with a plan to achieve your goal, your goal will not seem so far away from reaching. If losing weight is the goal, start a food journal. If being more patient is the goal for the year, start talking through frustrations.  

When creating a resolution, be reasonable. The more practical you are, the likeliness of finishing or reaching that goal is higher. The best way to achieve a goal is to set some steps to reach that goal so it does not seem elusive.  

New Year’s resolutions can be hard, but when they are followed through, they can be helpful and encourage people to strive for a better year. Maybe this new year does not mean a ‘new you,’ but it can 100% be the best you.