Although New Years typically involves watching the ball drop or fun family traditions, one of the real key components is making a New Year’s resolution.
It is said that Ancient Babylonians are some of the first to have started the practice of making a New Year’s resolution. The origin traces back to their religious tradition. This tradition would include making a promise to their gods to pay all their debts and return borrowed things, according to history.com
Fast forward to present-day, new year’s resolutions are promises we make to ourselves. Ringing in the New Year, regardless of the time period, usually means a new start or a new goal.
According to results from online Survey Monkey put out by our staff, the majority of Helix at 41.67% said health was their resolution. 16.67% chose relationships/personal life, 10.71% picked school/work, 2.38% chose financial, and 28.57% selected other specified which included various combinations of the categories mentioned.
In the same survey, 25% of people said they thought new year’s resolutions were an effective way of setting goals. 16% disagreed and 59% reported that it depends on the person.
According to Forbes the first step to carrying out a New Year’s resolutions is to “Make your goals specific.” It seems that making “unspecific” goals tends to end in failure to complete them. Whether you’re making a new year’s resolution or just setting goals in general being clear and defined is a must.
Forbes also mentioned “If you can measure it, you can change it” is a key principle of psychology. Being able to track your progress is another key component many people fail to follow, which in turn leads to incomplete resolutions. It’s important to know where your progress is at in order to alter your efforts.
Stephanie Rangel, a senior at Helix said her new year’s Resolution was to graduate. In the past she said her resolutions had been “passing finals or things involved with school.”
Mrs. Barghols-Bruflat, an onsite sub for Helix, believes that people don’t complete their resolutions because “people are creatures of habit. So if you don’t break the bad habit and start building that for long enough, you’re not going to stick with it. People like to do what’s comfortable.”
Michael Gonzalez, a junior at Helix said although he hasn’t followed through with his resolution of getting in shape and working out, he still plans to complete it this year.
According to Gonzalez,“I would say [make] small goals. Because most people won’t be able to complete a bigger goal. They won’t have that determination to strive forward, I feel smaller goals are easier to obtain than bigger goals.”