Gabbing with Grunt: Why your New Year’s resolution flopped

We’re only an entire month immersed into the New Year; however, I abandoned my New Year’s resolution about 28 days ago. Perhaps it says something about my character, or my lack of motivation, but it could also be saying something about the entire tradition itself.

People tell themselves, “It’s a new year, it’s a new me.” Nonetheless, no one told the old you how to survive throughout the week without Starbucks, or chocolate, or whatever else you gave up.

I told myself I was going to spend more time exercising and less time curled under my Batman blanket watching Netflix: healthy body, healthy life, right? And don’t get me wrong, I worked out like a WWE Superstar on two whole separate days, but then my arms were so sore it was hard to even throw my backpack over my shoulder.

I’m not the first person to say sayonara to my resolution (not that I’ll never workout again), but I have to admit I didn’t feel nearly as unachieved once I spoke to some BHC students about their experience with New Year’s resolutions.

Danni McGuire, a BHC student on the path for a major in psychology, explained, “Everybody perceives the beginning of the year as the time to re-do themselves, but then they fall into the same habits as before.”

Lisa Blair, an employee at the Hawks Hub, brought up another point that many of us could relate to: “People want to see results now, but when they don’t immediately see those results, they give up.”

When many of us think of New Year’s resolutions, we primarily think of those gym memberships that are bought on good faith and then forgotten. We think “diet” and then have nightmares over cheeseburgers that are missing the bun, cheese, and ketchup.

BHC student Andrew Lundburg bragged, “I’ve never kept a New Year’s resolution, not even for a week…in reality, it’s just another day and nothing changes.”  

If so many of us struggle with keeping our word to ourselves, why do we set unrealistic goals? We could be adjusting to goals like “raising my GPA” or “refusing to speed on the way home” or “having dinner with my family at least once a week.” Instead, we’re only setting ourselves up for failure.

You may not set a New Year’s resolution for yourself, but that wink towards tradition means that you had at least thought about it. There’s nothing wrong with trying to better yourself, you have to be honest about you want and just go for it!

Written by Gayle Grundstrom