New Year’s Resolutions Revisited and Revived

By: Sarah O’Brien ’19

As we waited for the ball drop celebrating the New Year, many people reevaluated their lives and set goals for the coming year to better themselves.

New Year’s resolutions for students often consist of doing better in academics, losing weight, quitting bad habits, achieving athletic goals, or even being kinder.

McKel Broussard ‘19 said, “My goal was to get faster and I’ve already [brought] down [the time] on my mile by 4 seconds.  Although my other goal was to score more touchdowns, I have to wait for football season; but I’m working in the offseason to be the best I can.”

     Broussard’s situation is not the scenario that most people live. It may sound easy to eat more healthfully, step up athletic training, and study more, but for some people it is a serious challenge.

   Unlike Broussard, Junior Sabrina Lemus said, “My goal is to eat better and get better grades, but days into the New Year [I was] already eating brownies at break and not completing all of my homework.”

    Fortunately, there are still eleven months of the year, so don’t discard your resolutions! You can still make those important changes in your life.

 

Here are some tips for people who have need help getting back on track.

-Set small weekly or monthly goals. The small victories will give you the incentive you need to keep going. For example:

  1. If you are committed to improving your grades in Math, set a goal of going to X-period for that class at least once a week for 30 undistracted minutes.
  2. If you’re trying to lose 20 pounds before summer, set a goal of of losing 1.5 pounds each week.

-Revise your goals and make them more realistic for your schedule and workload. For example:

  1. If your goal was to go to the gym and work out for 1 hour every day, you probably quickly figured out that with homework, studying for tests, extra-curricular activities, sleep, and a modest social life that this was impossible to do. Consider revising your goal to hitting the gym three days each week. You can always do more if you can.

-Work on your goals with another person. Having someone push you when you are feeling unmotivated can really help, and when you return the favor you will give your own motivation a boost.

-Post your goals somewhere you can see them everyday such as on your bathroom mirror or on your iPad. With the goal, you can even write a motivational line like: “Great job meeting your mini-goal last week!” The constant reminder and the affirmation will do wonders for you.

 

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