Tips for sticking to that New Year’s resolution

Clayton Martin and Jeffrey Abbey

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After the memorable election and the deaths of many famous artists in 2016, some people are looking forward to moving on to 2017. With a new year, comes a chance to begin fresh and for many folks that means making a New Year’s resolution.  Only time will tell however, if they will stay true to those goals.

There are several suggested guidelines on how to successfully stick to a resolution. Experts suggest:

  • Picking a goal that’s feasible
  • Making your goal specific
  • Writing your goal down
  • Telling others so you will be held accountable
  • Commiting to your resolution to make it part of your lifestyle

It is often said that if someone can stick with a new resolution for 21 days, it will become a habit. This theory emerged in the 1950’s by Dr. Maxwell Maltz who went on to publish a bestselling novel on the topic. He stumbled onto to his discovery by noticing that after having a limb removed, patients would typically no longer have a sense of a “phantom” or missing limb after 21 days.

Many of the students and teachers at CHS are hoping their resolutions will become habits as well.

“This year I have decided to find an interesting new hobby,” teacher Shawna Garcia said. “I have been exploring my options as well as trying different interests.”

Another common goal is to save money during 2017.

“This year, I plan to bring my lunch  to work more often instead of spending money eating out all of the time,” teacher Leanne Ingram said. “The only bad thing is I have to eat my own cooking or leftovers twice  and it isn’t even that great the first time.”

Junior Grayce Jackson also hopes save money this year.

“I hope to save every $5 bill that I get,” she said. “So far I have stuck to it.”

Foreign exchange student Georgia Harris hopes to make some changes when she gets back to her home country of New Zealand this summer.

“I had some former friends back home, who were pretty toxic to me,” Harris said. “But since I left, I have found out they probably aren’t my true friends. When I get home, I have vowed to try to keep a distance from them and not go back to the way things used to be.”

Senior Kimber Bills also had a New Year’s resolution.

“I made one,” Bills said. “But I guess I didn’t keep it, because I don’t even know what it is anymore.”

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