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Numbers Resolve New Year’s

Gladys resolves to be share some of  her acorns with less fortunate squirrels in 2013.

Gladys resolves to be share some of her acorns with less fortunate squirrels in 2013.

Olivia Samerdyke, Editor-in-Chief

More people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions than the average person thinks.  I was as shocked to hear that claim as anyone—but my mother, aunt, and I heard it on NPR, so it had better be true.

And according to the story, around 40-46% of the country actually succeeds when they vow to lose 10 pounds, quit smoking, or stop drinking soda with every meal.  Yes… the gut reaction is to say, “46%?  That’s not a lot—it’s less than half.”  True, but Governor Romney managed to tick off a lot more than the 47% he wrote off during the campaign, and a similar percentage still resents the top 1 and 2% of America.  That 46 looks a lot more impressive.

I wonder what percentage of the Mary Baldwin population succeeds in their resolutions, faculty, staff, student, president.  For that matter, how many of them actually bother to resolve?  Generally, I don’t, falling into the pitfall described on the radio—assuming failure from the start.  To keep a resolution, one has to actually want to commit to it and believe that success is possible, and among the stresses of papers, exams, clubs, and the other whoop-dee-doo of college life, simply organizing a weekly schedule can be difficult.

Then again, MBC is full of Boldly Baldwin women, and a few Boldly Baldwin men, too.   Where squirrels fight anything is possible, including going above the number 46.  But we shouldn’t run before we can walk—another way to the success of a New Year’s resolution is to make it reachable.  Trying to jump ahead 10 percentage points would probably be too ambitious.  Attempting a tenth of that is more reasonable, and that way, if the number creeps up to a 50% success rate, everyone can be pleasantly surprised.


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