Sunday, December 23, 2007
Steamboat Springs Inhale, exhale, it's finally here: a brand new year. It is the time of year that many experience that refreshing feeling in which they want to turn the page and start a new chapter in their lives. It is time to make a New Year's resolution. Time to climb up to the attic and dust off your running shoes. It is time to finally start consuming your fair share of vegetable servings each day and time to give up the chocolate cake. Maybe your goal is to raise your GPA, become more involved in activities at your school, or go to state competition for your sport, or maybe you want to decide where you want to go to college or participate in more community service. No matter what New Year's resolution you make, the goal is generally directed to bettering yourself as a person in some way.
However, although intentions are genuine come the first of the year, the excitement and energy for this newfound self-improvement generally fades come the following months. Recreation centers make a fortune selling new memberships, and the gym is packed for a few weeks, but slowly, the crowds trickle down until only the committed few remain. Giving up on a resolution is a poor thing to do, but is it any better to not make any resolutions at all? Would you rather break a promise or not try at all? Do you still get credit for effort? In my opinion, one should always be seeking to better themselves and be rid of bad habits, but if you are concerned you might experience "resolution retreat," try these tips:
- Make achievable goals. Challenge is a worthy component; however, Rome wasn't built in one day.
- Do not give up if you make a single mistake. "Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but rising every time we fall."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Practice makes habit. It takes about three weeks to break a bad habit, so consistency is key. If you stick to it, it will become natural for you.
- Make short-term goals as well to keep you on track.
- Post reminders of your goals in places you will see them such as in your planner, locker or calendar.
- Get your friends to help you and hold you accountable.
- Finally, reward yourself for your progress and achieving your short and long-term goals.