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Keeping a New Year’s Resolution for Reals

On the eve of New Year’s, thousands of people created New Year’s resolutions wanting to improve an aspect about themselves and their lives. These thought-out goals probably included weight loss, traveling more, eating healthier, being more outgoing, stress management, or trying something new. These personal goals for one’s self are positive and constructive.

But what happens to these New Year’s resolutions after the ball drops from the center of Times Square? Do they remain just a thought? Or do you put them to action? Creating a resolution is just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Huffington Post, 41 percent of individuals make New Year’s resolutions. From those individuals, 46 percent succeed in keeping their resolutions at 6 months, and 19 percent at one year.

So what makes a New Year’s resolution so challenging to keep?

Putting your resolution into action can be tough. After the holidays, you get back in the routine of things and it can be hard to incorporate a new feature into your old ways. Life speeds up and you are balancing homework, clubs, sports, work, and time with your friends. If you squeeze this resolution thing in, you feel as if you will pop. Also, the goal set for yourself may be too broad. You may feel intimidated and you don’t know where to begin.

These are all valid and understandable reasons, but does not make it impossible! Here are some ways I find success in keeping a New Year’s resolution:

  • Create specific goals for clarity
  • Tell your friends and family to keep you accountable
  • Write it in your planner or a place you will see every day
  • Keep track of your progress
  • Celebrate your success
  • Stay positive

Lastly, it is never too late to begin your resolution. Any day of the year is a good day for a New Year’s resolution.

It is important to check-in with yourself and evaluate your priorities in life. Take a step back and examine your schoolwork, relationships, and how you’re feeling. The goal is to help resolve a concern in your life. So take a deep breath, relax, and know that you can do it. Good luck in 2014!

Dorothy Olszyk is a communication studies major at the University of Portland. Her interests are journalism and graphic design. She is from Eugene, OR and she loves her hometown artist Mat Kearney. What Dorothy loves about Portland is the PB&J cart on NW 23rd  St. and the 90's dances at the Crystal Ballroom.  
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