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Finding the Resolve for Resolutions

By Fatima Yousuf, Money Smarts Editor and Contributing Writer

 

As we progress through the seasons, we eventually come to the quiet realization that one year is soon ending and another is soon beginning. It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed and even harder to believe that we will soon all be another year older, another year wiser. The coming new year is a reminder that time is ticking for all of us, no matter how young or how old we are. It’s a message for us to all take the opportunity to use our time to better ourselves and others. And while New Year’s resolutions may be seen as cliché to some, I believe that there is no better way to take advantage of the opportunity that the new year offers.

However, it’s very difficult to take advantage of New Year’s resolutions. We often feel tempted to stray from our promises or simply forget them as time passes. Nevertheless, there are several ways to stay true to your promises if you put in the effort. Here are some tips for maintaining your New Year’s resolutions throughout the upcoming year:

  1. Make your goals specific. Instead of making generalized goals, point to specific instances in your life or character that you want to change. If you want to be more honest next year, what are ways you can do so? Write down specific moments that you often tell white lies, and start there. It’s the smaller changes in one’s life that build up to make the biggest difference.
  2. Plan out your goals. If you want to exercise more next year, make sure to actually allot time towards working out. If you want to eat less junk food, write down healthy restaurants and snacks that you can turn to when cravings kick in. Making a goal reality is much easier when you have a game plan.
  3. Be resilient. Progress is never constant. When working towards our New Year’s resolution, we almost always slip up. But the only way you can better yourself is when you build the resilience to try again after failure. If you make a mistake, don’t give up! Acknowledge your mistake, and try to not repeat the same mistake again.
  4. Share your goals with others. Achieving a goal as a group is a lot easier than achieving it as an individual. If you and your friends want to study more for tests and quizzes next year, plan out a study group to meet before major tests. Having people to support you makes achieving your goals much, much easier and more attainable.
  5. Be patient. It’s natural that some people will achieve their goals more quickly than others. This can be quite frustrating at times, but simply remember that lasting change takes time and effort.

New Year’s resolutions are undoubtedly difficult to maintain and take much effort. However, the results of all your hard work make it all worth it. And as we approach the end of 2017, I hope that we all take the new year as an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to better ourselves.

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