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The Truth Behind New Year’s Resolutions

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According to Forbes Magazine, 40% of Americans create New Year’s Resolutions. About 80% of these people fail within the first 30 days of the year. Why do we find it so difficult to maintain these resolutions? Many people are inspired by the ‘new year’ and resolve to change their poor habits. However, around the third week of January, the glow of 2019 wears off, and we revert to our old habits, ditching our promises to eat healthier and spend less time on our phones. 

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In order to further understand the inability to stick with the changes we make in order to improve our lives, we interviewed Xavier students about their new commitments and how they intend to maintain them. One of Jackson Castillo’s (Senior) resolutions is to be more adventurous and live life to the fullest. In order to keep this goal alive, he will remind himself every Saturday morning to try something new that excites him. He believes that people become lazy when they do not see immediate results with their resolutions which is why they quit so early in the year. He challenges Xavier students and staff to get through the first two months of the year while practicing their resolutions; then those resolutions become habits.

Society has extremely small amounts of patience and persistence. Daniel Martinez (Senior) and Beau Tattersall (Junior) agree these are two main reasons why our resolutions fail year after year. By the third week, many of us assume we will be in great shape and only use our phones for an hour a day. When expectations fall short, we lack the motivation to continue challenging ourselves through these resolutions. Daniel and Beau believe that our resolutions will never impact our lives unless we are disciplined.

In the spirit of the new year and fresh starts, Kylie Fraser (Senior) is working on acting for herself and not for others. She is focusing on the moments in life that bring her genuine happiness instead of allowing herself to act fake in the presence of other people. Resolutions like this one truly embrace the idea of a “New Year, New Me”. We reflect on the past year and resolve to change aspects of ourselves with which we are not content. Kylie is determined to be successful this year with her resolution and already feels more at peace with herself after a few weeks. 

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As we move farther into 2019, let us continue to work on self-improvement. We can strive to be better versions of ourselves and help our neighbors achieve their goals. A new year is a fresh start and, as the end of January approaches we must stay committed to the promises we made on the first of the year. Only about 8% of people are successful in maintaining their New Year’s Resolutions. We are positive Xavier students and staff can defy this statistic with a little encouragement from our neighbors and a bit more self-discipline. Cheers to 2019 and the great accomplishments to come.

Diamond, Dan. “Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s How They Do It.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 2 Jan. 2013, www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/#7281f3b0596b.

 

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