By: Leilah Doran
“New year, new you,” is the motto. So, here’s your chance! If you want to have a better year and be successful in 2017, then follow these simple steps to make a change or improve your life.
With New Years right around the corner, you might be starting to think of your New Year’s resolution. We have come up with some steps to help you make these resolutions, and most importantly, stick with them.
Step 1: Reflect
In order to create your New Year’s resolutions, you need to look back into the previous year or years. Mr. Polizzi, Engineering teacher, discloses, “I think that New Year resolutions are a very good idea to kind of stop and reflect on what you’ve done, what’s gone well, what hasn’t gone so well, and what you want to do in the upcoming year.” This is the center of your new goals; your experiences will shape the aspirations you create for yourself. Believe it or not, the best way to figure these out is by writing it down! Mr. Palacios, English teacher, mentions, “My number one advice for creating a New Year resolution is to identify what it is that you want. I think a lot of times we get caught up in what other people want, but it’s your New Year resolution, and it’s what you want to achieve.” Mr. Palacios also adds that the most effective way to figure out your goals is to write everything down, have a plan, and be flexible.
Step 2: Plan
A majority of people make resolutions, but don’t stick with them. We probably are all guilty of this. So, to stop these disappointing moments, make a plan. After you’re finished writing out what you want to change or do, create steps into reaching those goals. Palacios addresses how you can do this. He states, “I think just making them is a start. Granid, starting and finishing are entirely different things, but if you make them and continuously think about them, even if you’re not going to [continuously] say I have a new Year’s resolution.” Take steps into reaching your goal. New Year resolutions are pretty large life adjustments, so don’t expect it to happen in a day, or even a month. To be completely successful, you need to work towards your goal everyday, and it doesn’t have to be quick, major adjustments. Think about your goals constantly and let it be a part of your decision making process. For example, if you want to start eating healthier, then, when you are at the grocery store, pick up some vegetables. Don’t think that you have to leave the store without some chocolate cookies. Start by making little adjustments. Instead of getting the regular cookies, maybe you get the “low-fat” or “sugar-free” cookies. These just need to steps to take to further your journey into completing your goals. It may be a simple goal or confined of other principles. Taking these steps that you create yourself, do not have to be entirely measurable, it is something that you want to develop in your life. Make sure to make decisions that will benefit you and don’t punish yourself if it doesn’t, or if your plan doesn’t go the way you wanted it to. Giving up half ways through, or even a third, is definitely not going to help you, just work from what you got and where you are.
Step 3: Accountability
Now, nobody's perfect, so you may or may not be keeping up with your steps or you’ve slacked on it a little. It’s okay! Pay attention to what is happening and what has happened. Do you eat those vegetables that you bought? Did you manage how many cookies you were going to eat? Pay attention to those things and have the discipline to improve. Maybe you haven’t eaten those vegetables, and you ate all the cookies already. Don’t think that you need to give up now. All you have to do is improve from there. If you follow your step by step process, and follow through with it, overtime you can make improvements on your plan. Mr. Polizzi suggests to, “talk to people about it.” Let your friends know, post about, let people know that you have a goal and you want to accomplish it, therefore others can also hold you accountable. Months down the line they might bring up how your goal is going.
Step 4: Accomplish
Now that you are set with your goal/s, have a plan, and ready to improve, go out there and accomplish them! Don’t waste anytime and remember to celebrate the little wins you make along the way.
Hope these steps help you have an improved new year, but remember you don’t need to wait to a new year to change. Everyday is a new chance for you to be better. Good luck! Like Nelson Mandela has said, “It always seems impossible, until it’s done.”
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