New Year’s Resolutions: In One Year, Out the Other

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With the semester coming to a close and the year drawing to an end, a new chapter is only just beginning.  Enter 2016, and cue the New Year’s resolutions.

Students all over campus are anxious to bring on the New Year and set new goals.  Many students set fitness goals, like Will Barney who says, “My New Year’s resolution is to go to the gym more often.”

Other students are making resolutions to get in shape, improve their study habits, or make new friends.  While all goals are admirable, it’s well known that New Year’s resolutions tend to fizzle out by mid-March.

This year, students can break the cycle of unfulfilled New Year’s resolutions by following a few of these tips.

First, remember that a New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be a complete 180-degree character change, but rather a positive way to reflect on one’s year and one’s lifestyle.

Be realistic about your new resolution.  Students should have high expectations for themselves, but their resolutions still need to be realistic.

Students should be vocal about their New Year’s resolutions.  When students talk about their resolutions, they are being held accountable to their new goal by their friends and family.

So many New Year’s resolutions fail because they are only made once, on New Year’s Day.  Resolutions are more daunting when looked at on a 365 day scale.  But when narrowed down to a 24 hour perspective, they look a little more attainable.  The key to following through on a resolution is to continue to make that resolution every day.

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