Why New Year Resolutions Are A Scam!

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Noah Gonzales, Junior Staff Writer

Many people believe that a new year gives them a chance to change their ways and improve their lifestyle. However, this is not the case as the factor of the new year does not change the mindset present throughout the year. Even though nothing has changed except one second on the clock, many believe their drive and goals will also change as quickly as that one second but this simply isn’t the case. This can cause their goals to have negative impacts based on rash decisions they make in the moment for their new goals or for it to completely backfire on them from undisciplined actions. 

The notion of new year resolutions is an interesting concept. Many believe that because there is a different year on the calendar there will also be a different lifestyle along with it. However, this isn’t the case for most scenarios. The reason this shouldn’t be the case is because people only believe or choose to only believe they can change themselves at this time of year. However, if you actually want change you can do that any time of the year which is why most people’s resolutions fail after a short amount of time. 

This is not the only reason that they fail. People don’t understand that many of these resolutions involve time and effort with a clear mindset. Most people don’t have the drive to keep up with their big goals in life. You can’t suddenly change everything about yourself just as easily as the clock strikes midnight. It is nearly impossible for someone to change everything about themselves that quickly. This is why people who believe that “a new year” beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory” stated by Daniel Wallen, writer for Life Hack.

Even once people get past this one obstacle, there are many others. Another obstacle is that the majority of people view their new year resolutions with a negative attitude. We see it as a chore instead of an investment. And when this happens people feel like they are losing to themselves, so they make rash decisions about their resolutions which cause more consequences in the future, eventually backtracking from where you were at the beginning of the year. 

Even though this is an issue that occurs every year, there are multiple solutions. Some basic ways for you to follow through with your resolutions are making very minor changes in your lifestyle and working towards your goal. There is also the option of waiting until the new year starts because there is really no difference except the year on the calendar. Start right now if you want to change something in your life or train yourself mentally to take on your new year’s resolution if you really want change. No one can make a change for yourself except you so don’t wait on something you can start to change now like everyone else.