It’s the same story every time a new year rolls around. A person picks an area in their life they’d like to improve in, and they put their effort into achieving that goal…only to drop it after a few weeks.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a ‘New Year’s Resolution’ as “a promise to do something differently in the new year”. But it is just as the old adage relays: promises are made to be broken. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 50 percent of the United States population make these “promises” to themselves at the start of the year. It is due to the fact that people set unrealistic, thus unattainable goals and find themselves in the same place they started.
The media, simply put, over glorifies the New Year. There shouldn’t be a time limit set on becoming a better person. Changing one’s way of thinking, being, and intrinsic habits should be honored at any point in the year and at any part of their life. That being said, a person aiming to achieve said goal cannot rely on sheer will to become the person they want to be. Write down your goals and put them in a place you’ll see every day. If the goal being set is too broad, it must be abridged. If it’s something you’ve tried multiple times on your own, find someone to hold you to the standards you’ve set for yourself . Of course it’s all easier said than done, but it’s a step in the right direction.
In the end, remember you’re only human. You might fail in your New Year’s resolutions, but give yourself some grace, pick yourself up off the ground, and try again.