73% of people break their resolutions

By DEEANNA ROLLINS

It is now halfway through January and New Year’s has come and gone. Champagne glasses were clinked, countdowns were shouted and resolutions were made.

The top five resolutions in Canada are: live a healthier lifestyle (including eating healthier and working on fitness), focus on the positives, spend more time with family and friends, be true to one’s self and learn something new.

These may be the top five, but that doesn’t mean they are high in numbers. Approximately only 31 per cent of Canadians will make a New Year’s resolution, and approximately 73 per cent of those people will eventually break them according to a recent Ipsos survey.

This means only 17 per cent of people actually achieve their goals, which are usually simple and tangible ones.

DR - NYR“I’ve found for me, the smaller more specific my goals the better I am at keeping them,” said Conestoga graduate Lindsay Grisebach. “Things like lose weight and go to the gym five times a week never happen, but write in my ‘line-a-day’ memory journal every day or remember to floss are things I’ve actually stuck to.”

With all of these resolutions being made and with it being the start of a new school semester, it seems as though Conestoga students aren’t any different. They tend to focus on school and shove their newly made resolutions to the side.

The first two weeks of January people stick to the “new year, new me” slogan; however, it takes only two to four weeks for most students to discard their most recent commitments to bettering themselves.

“I always make about five or 10 resolutions and then break them on Jan. 3,” said Heather Firlotte, a first-year early childhood education student. “Most of them are (usually) about school or fitness.”

Evidently, even making goals about school don’t last long for students. It can be easy to make and set a goal, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to follow through with it. Stress and procrastination come about in the early weeks of a new semester, and along with procrastination comes the “forgetting” of resolutions previously made.

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