By Neha Karamchandani
Toronto, January 8 (CINEWS): You want to lose weight in 2016, or maybe just eat healthier and quit bad habits like smoking or drinking. Perhaps you want to spend more time with your family and friends, find a new job or engage in spiritual activities.
These ideas will definitely ring a bell for many people, especially those who believe in New Year’s resolutions.
Setting a New Year’s resolution is a tradition, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement beginning from New Year’s Day. It’s a desire to make positive lifestyle changes.
But for all the right intentions, only a small portion of people keep up with their goals.
Research from the University of Scranton in 2013 suggests that only 8 per cent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
“People have good intentions but it takes a lot of endurance to stick to them. I think people put too much pressure on themselves to achieve unrealistic goals.
In my experience, change comes in small increments. Not in one dramatic step,” said Dan Brown, a lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, who is looking forward to pack more living into his life this year.
For others, the decision to make changes to one’s life can be made at any time.
“You don’t need a specific date to make resolutions. You can have goals at any time during the year,” said Sakshi Gupta, 26.
Priya Dhawan, an employee at Scotia Bank shares Gupta’s opinion.
“I believe New Year’s resolutions are to be cried upon at the end of the year. How many people do you actually hear saying I fulfilled my resolution this year? The only thing we hear is people making resolutions, but I’m yet to hear success stories.
To me any day is a good day to make a resolution or to make a change for the betterment. Each day is a new day and change is the only constant. So why not take the opportunity to make a resolution today instead of waiting until the start of a new year,” she said.
Fourth-year medical student, Madhur Rathi added, “They are about as useful as libraries on Christmas Day,” when discussing the unrealistic goals people make as New Year’s resolutions.
But for others like Ravi Luke, New Year’s resolutions are helpful.
“A new year has always been a starting point for me to set new goals and targets. It’s a reference point to forget the old and start something fresh. I do believe in New Year resolutions because I like to time myself on specific goals as to when to start and when to achieve them by,” said Luke, who is already working towards accomplishing his resolution- to finish learning how to play the guitar.
Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or a goal made during the year, the key to successfully achieving the target is clear-cut- simple, specific and realistic.