2019: New Year’s Resolution

2019: New Year’s Resolution

As the New Year’s countdown begins, hopes are up and plans are on the run for making 2019 the best year yet to come. Whether it is on the street, public gatherings, online platforms, and other day to day exchanges, New Year’s sets an international alarm that draws universal attention to achievements, change, and fresh starts. It is, in fact, the time of making personal promises on all different scales of life, such as health, well-being, education, careers, spirituality, financial status, and relationships. However, success rates vary among individuals, whereas some achieve life-long goals while others set the same targets on repeat time and again.

A Resolution as old as time

The charm of New Year’s Resolution goes back to the ancient times of the Babylonians, where people made promises to return borrowed objects to their rightful owners in time for the new year. Romans, however, made promises to their gods on a much larger scale while others viewed New Year’s as a time of forgiveness. The religious nature of this day has been sculpted into an international symbol for new beginnings, commitment, and personal improvement. As a matter of fact, it is nowadays viewed with a halo of positivity, hope, and continuity that are all part of life’s natural flow.

A Head start, or setback? 

Setting a New Year’s Resolution is the perfect and most effective way for a fresh start; actually, you are ten times more likely to succeed on New Year’s than any other time of the year. Lifestyle changes and behavior patterns top the list of achievements, as such scheduled agendas often encourage a sense of motivation, personal aspiration and psychological readiness. However, 88% of all New Year’s Resolutions are doomed to failure by February, despite the fact that 52% of people setting these goals were more than certain of succeeding.

Such failure can be explained by the nature of the goals set, where unrealistic expectations are one major player at this time of year; setting the scales too high and demanding a little too much can backfire into a New Year’s Disaster. Another common reason for such failure is setting unspecific goals that are open-ended. For instance, a top priority for most people is “losing weight”, without defining this goal in terms of rate, quantity, or duration. This, in fact, can be quite frustrating and would often cause one to lose patience and interest altogether.

Universal Goals

Following the universality of the concept, New Year’s Resolutions are more common than one would think. For instance, health issues are a major concern for most of different ages and origins; therefore, it makes the annual head of the list of New Year’s Resolutions. Eating healthier, exercising more, losing weight, and improving general health are few of these list-toppers. Another common goal relates to becoming more organized, defining priorities, and improving efficiency; of course, New Year’s is a time of final reports and task delivery, which acts as an eye-opener for laid-backers. Improving financial status and saving more money has been the #1 goal for about 37 percent of people in 2018, while approximately 24 percent of people have set discovery and travel as a top resolution.

 

As 2018, with all its ups and downs, comes to an end, it is just about time to plan ahead for the upcoming year; and what could be a better way to charge one’s spirit with positivity and cheerful expectation than a New Year’s to-do list? From personal well-being to lifestyle, relationships to careers, the sky is the limit and the door is still open for making 2019 a year to be remembered.

References:

1.            https://www.goskills.com/Soft-Skills/Articles/Top-10-new-years-resolutions

2.            https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/advice/g985/achievable-new-year-resolutions/?slide=7

3.            https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/these-are-the-top-new-years-resolutions-for-2019