Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
According to Forbes, “research shows that about 60 percent of people make New Year’s resolutions — and that more than half, don’t keep them for longer than a few months.” New Year’s resolutions seem easy until the new year actually starts– then it’s all downhill. Whether it be from lack of motivation or the inability to change, there is always something that gets in the way of achieving a goal. You cannot let tiny obstacles get in your way; you have to choose to move past challenges. Here are a few ways to change annoying habits and stay on top of your New Year’s resolutions.
The number one thing that can help you achieve resolutions is to track your progress as you go. Tracking can be as simple as writing down a sentence on a piece of paper or in a notebook. Recording progress is a physical reminder of the thing that you wish to change and helps you apply determination to each resolution. Whether the resolution is big or small, good or bad, showing yourself how you are doing will prompt a change in behavior.
Telling your close friends and family about the resolutions that you wish to achieve is another way to make your resolutions possible. By choosing to make your goals and resolutions “public,” you are increasing the success of your previously private decisions. This also brings into play the support system that you have access to if you share your goals with others. By sharing with others, you are opening up the opportunity for another source of motivation and encouragement, which will also help you get to where you want to be.
An article by The New York Times said, “you’ll give yourself your best shot at success if you set a goal that’s doable — and meaningful too.” It is never too late to alter the resolutions you made and make them more achievable. There is nothing wrong with helping yourself.
Another way to stay on top of your New Year’s resolutions is to simply not make any at all. I know this is not very good advice for the days after the holidays, but riddle me this: if you simply do not make any formal resolutions and just turn whatever bad behaviors you have into good ones, then you won’t have to worry about not completing your resolutions and you will take a step in the right direction. Or, just make one resolution to be a better you this year and stay on top of it. Tell your friends and family, write down your progress, and do your best to change whatever it is you do not need in your life anymore. The number one reason why a lot of people do not make New Year’s resolutions is because they fear possible failure or are afraid that those changes will not come true. The reality is that change will not happen unless you put forth the much-needed effort in order to achieve your goals.
Make a change in yourself and your habits and make this year the best year yet. This year, don’t just post “new year, new me” on your social media, but act on those changes and make them a reality. In fact, we need to get rid of that phrase altogether and simply strive each day to be a better you than the day before. Act kindly, stop tearing people down, study more than just the day before the exam, and truly be the best you that you can be by cutting out the toxins in your life which will help your happiness and your future. Happy New Year, friends.