Making Resolutions for the New Year

By: Dillon Benson

Have you ever made a resolution for the New Year and not followed through with it? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to, only 8% of 45% people achieve the New Year’s resolution. New Year’s resolutions might range from eating a healthier diet to spending more quality time with family. says the most common resolutions are save money and lose weight or get into shape.

A New Year’s resolution is when someone makes a promise to themselves to do an act of self-improvement. According to, New Year’s resolutions have been around for about 4,000 years. The ancient Babylonians were some of the first to have a New Year’s resolution. The idea of making New Year’s resolutions has been around for a long time.

As we move into 2019, teachers and students at Eisenhower may find themselves considering what they hope to change for the better in the New Year.  The Squire interviewed Eisenhower sophomore Logan Abbott about his resolutions, and he shared, “My resolution last year was to lose weight and it lasted about three days.” It’s hard for people to stick with their New Year’s resolutions.  Sometimes people make resolutions that are too difficult to follow through with or take too much time to accomplish.

There are many benefits to making a New Year’s resolution, which helps people better themselves says that when realizing what you’d like to change, it empowers you to take action and go through with your resolution. When you realize you don’t like something about yourself, a New Year’s resolution is a time to change that and make yourself a better person.

There are some negative aspects to the idea of New Year’s resolutions; they can make you realize the bad things about yourself and make you lose self-confidence. also says resolutions are often unrealistic and people are just trying to fix a problem that has been an issue for years, trying to fix overnight.

If you’re having trouble sticking with your New Year’s resolution, you could come up with methods to help you stay focused on your goal. You could also have a friend or family member do it with you so you both are making yourselves better and encourage each other to keep going to achieve your goal.

New Years resolutions can go either way for you – they can help you become a better person or could just stress you out and make you lose self-confidence.  In order to be more successful try starting with a simple and realistic goal.  Good luck!


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