The majority of people who participated in the latest online poll agreed that, on the whole, New Year’s resolutions are a good thing.
Respondents to a Caymanian Compass poll chose from a range of options. While the largest single minority of 38.5 percent, or 67 votes of a total 174, selected “No, no-one keeps them,” three other sections came out broadly in favor of the process.
Just over 21 percent of voters, 37 people, noted that resolutions were another way of saying, “New year, new start.” An even more emphatically positive 33 people, or 19 percent, said a definite “Yes, they spur us to self-improvement.” Those two opinions came to 40.2 percent.
Another option that drew some to the fence was “They are not bad, but are a form of wishful thinking.” There were 28 votes, 16.1 percent, for that one, and finally, “Other” completed the poll with 9 votes or 5.2 percent.
Comments ranged from the flippant to the serious. Of those who felt nobody kept their resolutions, one participant noted that resolutions were, “quickly forgotten as nobody remembers them by the time February comes along.”
Another in the same category got straight to the point, wondering “If you say you would do it, why wouldn’t you have done it before?”
Even more strident was the commenter who had given resolutions up “a long time ago when I ceased being a child and faced the realities of adulthood.”
“I prefer to make proper plans and execute them,” the reader wrote.
Of those who felt it was a way of considering a new year as a new start, mainly respondents felt it was a good time to take stock and plan to act on things that had been on their minds.
“It’s great to have a new start date per se,” commented one person. “[It is] where I get to resubmit to myself or family my failed endeavors (mostly health) for a better and healthier me in a new year.”
Another voter echoed the question. “[It is] a concrete start point from which to look back and look forward.”
Succinct was another participant, who saw the milestone of a new year as a chance to take stock. “It’s always great to feel like you have an opportunity to start over. And do a better job this time,” the respondent wrote.
Some people said that the process spurred them to self-improvement. “New Year’s resolutions give me a desire to be happier and live life with a passion,” one wrote. Another said, “I find it rewarding at the end of each year to see the progression.”
Others who chose the same option felt that an actual plan of execution was needed. “You are more likely to have success with your goals if you set them and write them down,” one person noted.
Another participant of similar mind had some sage advice for people wanting to stick to their resolutions throughout the year.
“Think of them as goals, and keep your eyes on the prize,” they said.
Although the category of ‘Other’ drew the smallest number of actual votes, they were the most vocal group of all. “Why make resolutions?” asked one commenter, while another wrote, “You should be doing your thing all year. This is silly because no one keeps them anyways. Just a lot of talk.”
Another commenter felt that it was a little arbitrary to use the turn of the year as a catalyst for self-improvement. “I prefer to set long and short term goals throughout the year with bullet point action items and measurable results to guide my success,” the respondent mused. “I use the last day of the year to review my accomplishments for fun and a sense of achievement.”
Next week’s poll question:
The George Town landfill has been hitting the headlines lately. What do you hate most about Mount Trashmore?
The smell (explain)
The sight of it (explain)
The environmental damage it’s causing (explain)
I worry it’s affecting my health (explain)
To participate, visit www.caycompass.com.