Setting Resolutions For 2019


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Alyssa Taugher, Feature Editor

As a few days into the new year, it is almost impossible not to think what changes we can make in our lives to help make the year an unforgettable one. Resolutions can be a blessing and a curse. No better time to start something new you have always wanted to do in a fresh new year. 365 new opportunities. Yet, it is no secret that almost half of people who make new goals for themselves tend to slowly break their resolutions.

Or maybe, you want to start something new, but, you are just not sure where and how to start. These tips will help you to make an unforgettable year with your new resolutions!


  • Start off small, then build on it.

Lets say your resolution is to eat healthier. Who said you need to start right then and there on January 1st? Just start out slow! You can first start by simply just cutting out a certain food and replacing it with something you normally do not eat. This way it does not all happen at once, which may lead you to break your entire resolution!

  • Write it down

Studies show that you are 42% more likely to follow through with something if you write it down. Why? If you think about something AND write it down you are using both hemispheres of your brain. Also, it will help you to actually see your goals rather than just picturing it in your mind.

  • Make it achievable 

So, yes, the saying, “new year, new me”, is very well known. Yet, you cannot just change yourself over night. If you start off with something more realistic, you can build on it. You want to actually reach and make your resolution become part of your everyday life, so realistically, changing yourself completely on January 1st from how you were on December 31st isn`t a good way to approach things.

  • Keep track of your progress 

As mentioned before, writing your goals down is a huge part of achieving them, just as much as keeping track of your progress. Whether it be in a notebook, on your phone, or any other way you would like, doing weekly or monthly “check ins” will let you know where you stand and what you can do to better yourself for the next week/month!

  • Understand it is okay to ask for help

Yes, your goals are personal to you, but that does not mean you have to do it alone. Whatever it is you need help with, asking someone you trust to be there for you is always a good idea. They may even motivate you more!

  • Be happy with the little things 

No matter how small a success may be, who said you can`t celebrate it? Acknowledging the tiny things will help to push you into doing even bigger and better things. Do not neglect the little things!