Let's be honest. How many of us really make it through an entire 12 month-period and actually reach the goals we set for ourselves for the new year?
You know the routine. Come the last week in December, we grab a pen and a piece of paper, ink down our resolutions for the upcoming new year and walk away confidently with our shoulders thrown back and chins lifted, determined that we will meet those goals if it's the last thing we do.
But then what happens come March when all that confidence and determination starts to fade away? The pressure starts to build, the willpower starts to diminish and all you can think about is falling back into your cookie munching and mindless eating routine you always had in the previous years. The momentum starts to crumble, the weight loss goals begin to dwindle away, the urge to smoke becomes overwhelming, the will to be more financially stable proves a burden and all those new year's resolutions become just a small, disappearing vapor that soon vanishes away.
Those who have ever set new year's resolutions a time or two know all to well how things usually turn out. Just ask Carl Addison of West Point, who said he's tried several times during the new year to trim down by cutting back on what he eats, but meeting that goal is harder than it sounds.
“I always mess up,” Addison said. “Start off pretty good then as it goes on, mess up again. The effort just goes away, I guess. You just give up on it.”
After being unsuccessful at that goal, Addison said he hates that he even set the goal in the first place because of the defeated feeling his has after his goal isn't met.
New Year's resolution failures usually result in people setting unrealistic goals, he said, so what's the solution? Should setting New Year's resolutions be done away with if the outcome is always failure and a year worth of pity and self-worthlessness?
West Point resident Polly Christopher doesn't think so. She says actually being successful at a New Year's goal all depends upon what that goal is and how much it means to the person setting it.
“I think they're a good thing, but often times we don't keep them after we set them but it we set them at least we have a goal to work towards,” Christopher said. “Some people think bigger than they can reach, but I try to make resolutions that would make me a better person and something like making more money doesn't necessarily make you a better person. Setting a goal to be a better wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother - I remind myself of that through the year when things get down and you think life's not fair to you. You just have to remind yourself of what you have. We all have much more than we probably deserve.”
Emma Miller of West Point has never been one to set New Year's resolutions but isn't against the idea, especially if it means someone trying to live a better life.
“I think it's a good thing for those trying to break a habit they have, but at this particular time I have no habits I'm trying to break,” Miller said. “I feel that if they set a goal it shouldn't be too high that they can't keep.”