OPINION: New Year’s resolutions are NOT overrated

From Issue 6

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Charles Stephenson

Jackson Prep's weight room, one place to work on those New Year's resolutions

“New year new you” is a common phrase thrown around during the dreary month of January when people want to change for the better. Resolutions get a bad wrap due to the lack of commitment. Studies have shown that 60% of people make resolutions, and only 8% follow through. With the low statistics, it seems useless and cliche to even make resolutions. I believe that resolutions are not overrated but benefit people to some extent.

Ringing in the new year is exciting with ideas of what the year might bring dancing in our heads, and resolutions are a way of making the year the best one yet. The significance of resolutions is how they help people reach their goals and is a confidence booster for some. Even if you are the best version of yourself, there is always room for improvement since nobody’s perfect. 

The most common resolutions made concern dieting and exercising. The purpose of these two resolutions is to live a healthier lifestyle and get in a routine. Another popular one is to find a  better way to cope with stress. Some attempt yoga, take a trip, or try some techniques from Google.

Halfway through the year, resolutions lose their momentum due to life weighing people down and the lack of enthusiasm. People hate resolutions because they don’t see the point of making them if they won’t accomplish their goals, but to me, that’s not the point. I believe the purpose is to try your best. 

Life is tough and throws stuff at you can’t avoid, but if you tried to improve yourself and attempted it for a while, that’s amazing. You gave it a shot and wanted to be the best version of yourself, go you! If you get closer to achieving your resolutions each year, that’s progress, so you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you didn’t complete it.