By Kristie Rodriguez, Senior
As many people believe that the beginning of a new year brings a blank slate, you may or may not be wondering what to improve for the upcoming year. This is the season of achieving resolutions; however, it may seem cliché using the new year as a reason to incite change. According to the US News, about 80% of New Year’s Resolutions are abandoned by February because people’s lack drive to achieve these goals. As it was perfectly phrased in US News and World Report’s article about the failure rate of resolutions, “It’s not the gym, Pilates class, or diet that will change you-- it’s your mind.”
Fortunately, here is a small list of advice that could come in handy for those trying to keep their New Year's Resolutions, but realize this vital fact: it all starts with you.
1. Try to be accountable
Keep a schedule or have some kind of reminder on you in order to practice consistency. By manifesting this habit, you’re more inclined to committing the goal you want to reach. For example, having alarms to dedicate time to a language you’re learning, or having a close friend tenaciously remind you what you promised yourself the first week of the month are positive ways of maintaining New Year's Resolutions.
2. Be honest with yourself
Overall, be easy on your journey to whatever it may be that you want to improve. Remember that not all changes happen overnight. If you truly know yourself, you know what you are capable of. We forget how different life would be if we treated everyday like it were January 1st.
Good luck with your resolutions. Make 2018 your best year!
Luciani, Joseph,. “Why 80 Percent of New Year’s Resolutions Fail” U.S. News. 29 Dec 2015
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