Once the New Year rolls around, many people find themselves scrambling to nd a New Year’s resolution. But why do so many people make resolutions that set them up for failure? Whether it’s planning to go to the gym everyday or read a chapter of a book every night before bed, many resolutions are made each year with the unintentional mindset of not completing them.
“I think people often set too many or too lofty a change/challenge and then can’t keep it up in the long run,” said Susan Spencer, a counselor at the GC Wellness Center. “Instead of working out every day for a person who has rarely gotten exercise, the goal might be to get more exercise and set the goal for the minimum of two to three days per week, 30 minutes each workout.”
Instead of setting a goal that seems impossible to go through with, Spencer suggested starting small. Many resolutions are made each year with the unintentional mindset of not completing them.
“For some people, having a partner/coach who encourages you can also be helpful,” Spencer said. “It is also helpful to reflect on our resolutions daily to remind ourselves why it is something we want.”
In order to keep a determined mind and an. optimistic attitude about your resolutions, Shadisha Bennett Brodde, also a counselor at the GC Wellness Center, said that you have to “frame” your resolutions in a positive manner. Brodde said that it is important “to have some exibility in the way we see ourselves and our goals.”
However, the idea of sticking with a resolution for a whole year can seem daunting.
Makenah Mader brought up the idea of finding a word for the year, rather than a resolution that you could end up giving up on.
“Personally, I like this more than resolutions because I nd it provides more room for personal growth. I think most people create unrealistic goals, which can lead to discouragement and giving up,”Mader said. “You are only setting yourself up for failure if you know you’re creating a goal that you do not have the time or energy for. While New Year’s resolutions prompt a positive desire for change, choosing un- healthy steps in getting to that goal is what wrongs us.”
For others like Bryan Irlbeck, New Year’s resolutions are so “last year.” Irlbeck decided to try something new instead of making any resolutions.
“I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution because I believe that if you want to make a positive change to your daily routine, you should do it immediately,” Irlbeck said. “Going to the gym everyday is an unrealistic resolution because things like school and work will get in the way, but maybe try setting a goal of going to the gym four times a week.”
Resolutions are goals meant to be achieved, not meant to sit on the top shelf and collect dust.