Why Serena Williams passes on New Year’s resolutions

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Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball to Russia's Evgeniya Rodina during their women's singles match, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

We’re just a few days into 2020 and many of us have already failed to keep our New Year’s commitment to a new diet, stricter workout regime, or vow to save more money. Serena Williams, however, doesn’t have to worry about the struggle of keeping New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because the tennis superstar was smart enough not to set any in the first place.

In a new interview with Vogue, the 38-year-old sports icon revealed that she doesn’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. “I always say it’s about the lifestyle, not a moment,” said Williams, explaining that she values consistency over any short-lived effort. “After how long I’ve been around, [I’ve realized] it never really happens,” she continued. Instead, “I just try to focus [year-round] on how I want to live my life; I definitely love being healthy and eating healthy and rejuvenating my body.”

According to a study published by The University of Scranton, only 9.2% of people will successfully achieve their New Year’s goals, while 42.4% fail to keep their resolutions each year. Meanwhile, 64% of people abandoned their resolutions after just one month, reports Forbes.

Rather than making a list of impractical, overly-ambitious resolutions, some experts suggest that you set a list of attainable and simplistic goals. For instance, if your resolution is to lose 10 pounds by summer or stop eating fast food, then change that into a goal to become more productive and active on the weekends. Join a gym, hire a fitness trainer, or make plans with an accountability partner to workout every week on a set day. You can also jump-start your goal of living a healthier life by committing to eating at least one piece of fruit and one veggie a day.

Others say the practice of self-kindness can help you get back on track after falling short on a commitment or having a weak moment. Whereas, on the other hand, when you beat yourself up, you become discouraged and are more likely to give up.