The New Year always comes with new resolutions and actual realities. A majority of people come up with such resolutions like:
- “Eat healthier.”
- “Go to the gym every day.”
- “Keep a journal.”
- “Get a full 8 hours of sleep.”
Do people actually keep those resolutions all throughout the year, or do they fall short, and come up with excuses such as the following?
- “I’ve ruined it anyway, so why not just go all the way.”
- “I’ve already worked out once this week, and my muscles are killing me!”
- “I didn’t do anything worthwhile today, I’ll just watch some YouTube instead!”
- “Hey, babe! The sixth season of New Girl just came out on Netflix. You up for it?”
Chase Thompson, a junior Dixie State University business major from Austin, Texas, said, “For me, it is easier to keep them if I look at them every day on my wall.” Thompson also said, “I really try to set two sections of goals: easily obtainable goals I can do daily, and harder goals I have to do about once a week.”
Thompson is big into lap swimming and is very good at it. Thompson’s final remarks were “One of my daily goals is to swim every day. One of my harder goals is once a week I have a day dedicated to my swim race, and I try to beat my time from the previous week.”
If you are just starting off with New Year resolutions, keep them simple enough to where you can remember them daily. If you need a little extra help, write them down and put them in a place that you can be able to see them every day. I actually have them on my phone background in order to see them every day. I’m starting off fresh, and it’s hard but so far I’m doing so good.
New Year resolutions can be hard to stick to, but if you dedicate yourself to them, they are worthwhile. They can help you lose that stubborn fat you got over the Thanksgiving and Holiday Break. They can help you recall big and small memories through keeping a journal that would have been long-lost if not kept. They can help push everyone to be better in every way. They are for the weak-minded and the strong-hearted, to not look back at what you haven’t done, but to look forward at what you can achieve.
Colten Warren for SUU News
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