New Year’s Resolutions

Meilin Morefield

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Welcome back Colleyville. We’ve come back from our break and now it’s a new year. And that means New Year’s revolutions. Because when the new year starts, everyone decides to reinvent themselves into the version of themselves that they want to be. And then that usually lasts for a couple of weeks until we all revert back into the habits that we initially wanted to break. Well hopefully this article helps your revolutions last at least until March.

Identify your goals and how you can get there. Before you do anything, you need to have a game plan. (Of course, you can dive in headfirst and just wing it, but having a game plan tends to have a higher success rate.) Mapping out the path to your goal makes the journey a lot easier. For example, if your resolution is to lose weight, make a meal plan for the month of January. Because once you have something tangible like a meal plan, your only job is to follow the steps that lead to your goal.

Ignore the stigma. Recently, having New Year’s resolutions has been subject to teasing and mockery. But why? There’s nothing wrong with trying to better yourself as a person. Ignore all of the stigma behind having resolutions and do what you need to do to be the best version of yourself because when you succeed in the end, you’ll be the one winning.

Have self-control. Let’s not kid ourselves, this is the hardest part of achieving your New Year’s resolutions. And there isn’t really a tip or trick that can help. But it does get easier. Think of it like running a mile for the first time: it feels like death. But the second time, it only feels like you’ve been stabbed in the lungs, and so on. It gets easier the more you do it. And by the time you’ve run your tenth mile, it feels like a breeze. It’s the same thing with giving up unhealthy foods, trying to spend less money, and any other resolutions.

Don’t be afraid to treat yourself. Some people get so caught up in their resolutions that they don’t allow themselves to have any fun. (I, myself, just grabbed a piece of chocolate and it was delicious.) This may contradict my previous point, but one bag of chips won’t hurt. Buying that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing won’t kill you. Life is short so enjoy it, but to a certain extent.

Lastly, I’d like to encourage you not to wait until the beginning of the year to start achieving your goals. Once you identify that a change within yourself needs to be made, start taking action. We, as humans, like to have a clean slate, a “perfect score” without any slip-ups, or a fresh start, which is why we like to wait until the New Year to make these changes. But that stuff really doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, what matters is if you’ve succeeded in achieving your goal. Whether that happens in the beginning, middle, or end of the year.