Open Letter to People Who Make New Year’s Resolutions


Faith Cassas (11) goes over her New Year's resolutions for 2019.

Herald Staff Member

Dear Everyone Who Makes New Year’s resolutions,

I understand that you want to better yourself, and that is totally fine. In fact, I endorse it. I love that your self-improvement goals are clear and attainable, and when your resolutions feature something that you actually want to do. But when your New Year’s resolutions fall along the lines of “I want to eat healthier” or “I want to exercise more,” I can almost guarantee that you will not stick with them for the entire year. Sure, you might last a month or two, but in order to keep your New Year’s resolution for longer than that, you need to learn to make sure the points on your list are clear, concise, and actually attainable.

According to Statistic Brain, only 9.2% of all Americans actually achieve their New Year’s goals. This means that less than one in ten Americans actually finish the resolutions that they started at the beginning of the year. These people achieved their goals either because they set incredibly easy goals or they made a step-by-step plan to follow on how to reach them. When people make vague goals, such as losing weight or studying more, they do not really give themselves anything to follow in order to actually achieve that goal. When people do this, it is much easier for them to quit their resolution since they do not have anything to hold them accountable. Rather than making a vague goal to eat healthier, take a minute to write out more specific sub-goals within your overarching one. When making a goal to eat healthier, figure out what exactly that means to you individually. Does eating healthy to you mean cutting out sweets, limiting carbs, eating more vegetables, or all of the above? Once you have figured out what your goal means to you, specify those sub-goals even more. For instance, cutting out sweets could mean limiting yourself to one piece of candy every day. If you do not believe that you can easily follow through with that, then maybe settle on two pieces. Once you make your goal more specific, it makes achieving them even easier to attain.

So for any of you that this article may pertain to, I am not entirely against you trying to make yourself a better person. I am only against it when you tell everyone about your New Year’s resolutions and then ditch them a week later. Know that you do not need to wait until the first of the year to start working toward your goals. If you are reading this during the middle of the year, know that you can begin to better yourself at any time!

Happy New Year.


A Herald Staff Member