Whether it’s quitting smoking, changing diets, managing stress, exercising or promising to take more time to spend with loved ones, New Year’s resolutions are sometimes easier said than done. According to a study by the University of Scranton, 92 percent of these resolutions usually end in failure.
Some local Johnson City Press readers weighed in on social media to share their thoughts on what their resolutions for 2018 are and New Year’s resolutions in general. Some of them said declaring a goal for the new year is just too stressful.
“I don't believe in New Year’s resolutions,” Julie O’ Brien wrote. “It puts too much pressure on you, and you will more than likely fail. If you want to change something or start something new, do it when the thought crosses your mind. Your chances of succeeding are much greater that way. Just my opinion.”
For those who do plan on setting goals for 2018, some of the most common resolutions involve health and fitness.
“I vow to diet no less than three days a month,” Richard Clark said about his goals for 2018.
Kayla Kramer said she plans to go vegan this year, though she hasn’t had much luck with some past New Year’s resolutions. She hopes this year will be a different story.
“I have never lived up to a resolution because I don’t usually make them,” she wrote.
Some goals are more attainable than others. Phillip Potter said it’s important to set simple goals for the new year to avoid being too overwhelmed.
“I would recommend that any goal set is a smart goal and one that is obtainable. If you want to meet the goal, you have to be prepared to put in work,” he said. “Keep the right people, places and things in your life to help you no matter the goal. All goals can be reached through drive and persistence.”
Simple New Year’s resolutions can include things as straightforward as working to stay more organized at work.
“(My goal is) to remember 2018 on paperwork,” Mike Miller wrote.