It’s Never Too Late to Make a New Year’s Resolution

Only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions until the end of the year. Most people abandon them in the first month or even the first week.

This sad state of affairs makes us seem wishy-washy at best and lazy at worst, but there is something more at work than simply a lack of . . . well, a lack of resolve.

I’ve come to realize that instead of losing our resolve, we lose the clean-slateness. After only a few days, the sense of a new beginning dissipates. We become used to writing the new year on our checks. We’re back into the routine of our lives, probably more tired, more broke, and fatter than we were before the holidays. And somehow, in the comfort of our old lives, we forget the idealism we had when embracing a new year. We forget that for a moment we believed anything was possible, that we could become better, stronger, healthier, wiser, richer, more beloved if only we . . .

I abandoned the practice of making resolutions when still a child after I realized that by the end of that first week, I’d completely forgotten my resolution. (I only remembered when the next new year rolled around and I tried to, once again, make that same undoable commitment.)

Too many things happen during the year to make us either forget our resolve or to make us stop caring. So perhaps another reason we can’t keep New Year’s resolutions is that we make them too early in the year. What if we made the resolutions after birthday celebrations, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas are passed?

Today seems a perfect day to make New Year’s resolutions for 2019 — especially since I started these resolutions yesterday. So from now until the end of the year, I resolve eat more vegetables, drink more water, and do a bit of exercise.

Now I have to remember those resolutions.

Oh, the pressure!


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

4 Responses to “It’s Never Too Late to Make a New Year’s Resolution”

  1. rodmarsden Says:

    I have never made a new year’s resolution. I just get on with my life. I have plans for 2020. I have a trip to New Zealand to plan and a novel to get out. That is enough for now. I may be moving home in 2020 as well. My health? Survived one bout of cancer. I am a diabetic. Must look on the positive. I may be able to do more with my bird photos this year.

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    My resolution is to spend less time on my smartphone. I’m already taking steps to make it a reality.

  3. Judy Galyon Says:

    I have a friend that can’t remember to take her nighttime allergy med, so I suggested that she put sticky note pm the mirror in her bathroom so she would see it at night before bed & it seems to have worked. I don’t think that would work for me & my need of exercise.

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