New year’s resolutions drop with the ball

By Eleni Pappas

The click of the ball falling is lost as the crowd counts down to New Year. The glow of thousands of lights shine over the gathered crowd. The time reads 11:59 and three seconds remain on the countdown. People shout, “Three, two, one, Happy New Year!” Noisemakers and confetti poppers go off as cheers erupt from the celebration at Times Square, New York on T.V.  and from the millions watching that are enthusiastically concluding how they’re to redefine themselves for the new year.

At FC, the school population’s daily decision-making is influenced by many things: health, relationships, academics, and money; subjects one would expect to find on a new year’s resolution. At the beginning of the year, the new year’s resolution is always considered the unofficial plan of American society.    

Common resolutions are ones centered around self improvement and education. According to Statistic Brain, these make up almost half of common resolutions, with others being money and relationships. It is believed people who make official resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who do not make them.

So, why do these plans seem to fail so often?

“New Year resolutions seem to have great promise in the beginning but once that feeling of determination wears off it’s easy to push those to the side and prioritize other things,” said English teacher Leigh Prifogle.

It is an estimated eight percent of people that successfully achieve their new year’s resolutions, with 49 percent having infrequent success and 24 percent who never never succeed and fail each year, according to Statistic Brain. Even when people are focused on their resolutions, they often end up in flames.

Prifogle said it’s so difficult for people to finish their resolutions because the end is so far away. They’re usually big goals so there not a lot of planning or forethought beforehand and the resolution is not easily attainable. Making smaller goals is the better way to go.

Many people tend to choose hard goals for their new year’s resolutions, hoping the magic of a clean slate will somehow give them a greater chance.

“It’s the beginning of a year and basically it’s like a fresh start in people’s minds. It’s thought of as a magical time,” said freshman Sydney Walters.

Sometimes people don’t succeed because they don’t think they will get very far. When there’s doubt from the start, failure may already be fast in motion.

“Self confidence is key in a lot of things. If you don’t believe in yourself you’re not going to want to complete the resolution,” said FC graduate Cailie Peredo.

There are reasons people’s resolutions only last to a certain point and an explanation for how that happens. With 71 percent to 75 percent of resolutions being continued through the first week and past the second, only 64 percent last past a month and 46 percent past six months, according to the site.

“Reality sets in and you realize, ‘I can’t do this, I have to want this really badly but I don’t’,” said Walters.

Resolutions are like this fresh new chance after New Years but after that wears off it has no lasting effect.

People are more likely to achieve their goal if they think they believe it is truly possible and they can get something out of it. Whether it’s to lose more weight, gain more confidence, or get better grades then get into the desired college, people have to really want the prize to achieve their resolution. Resolutions fail because people don’t feel the motivation to continue at the end of the day.  

“A little bit of laziness is okay but being so lazy to where you just give up is not,” said Peredo.

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