Letter to the Editor: Pointless New Year’s Resolutions


Perfect example of what your goal should be

Dear Editor: 

A new year, a new me. A common phrase among people once New Year’s hits. One way many do this is with New Year’s resolutions — a way to set goals for yourself once the new year hits. This concept, however, is not the correct way to change or to set goals.

New Year’s resolutions can be beneficial, if used correctly. Unfortunately, many set too general goals, and are not patient for their results.

According to The Huffington Post, takes small steps toward your goals. It is not going to happen in a day.

A quote by Bill Gates sets the tone:  “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year, and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.”

Set deadlines and make sure to celebrate whenever you reach one of those deadlines. Using all those tips, you are destined to reach your goal(s). Well, at least you think you will.

Even with these tips, however, USA Today confirms that up to 80 percent of goals fail by February. Only 8 percent of resolutions are kept throughout the next year. That is a small percentage. Another small percentage is how many people actually make resolutions.

Only 41 percent of people make resolutions. Proving that they are pointless to make. No reason exists to let yourself down and to disappoint yourself for failing those set goals.

If you are statistics driven in your approach or inspired by what others resolve, Statistic Brain offers percentages on New Year resolutions.  Weight lose and healthier eating tops the chart.  In contrast, changing jobs ranks 10th.

Clearly, change is hard and dependent on patience and a plan of action.  Good luck as you advance into 2018.  Enjoy the small steps with focus on progress verse movement!


Tanner Reffke, senior



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