By Audrey Parker and Arayana Ladson
Every new year, students, parents, and staff all try their luck at self-improvement. Many kick off the new year by making resolutions. The most frequent new year’s resolutions consist of self-care, traveling, and taking up new hobbies. Often people make their new year’s resolutions by learning a new skill, like learning a language or sport. Like many others, Mt.Hebron is making their resolutions right now.
Mt. Hebron sophomore Muhammad Sultan stated he wanted to, “get good grades and have a fun and successful basketball season.”
Although so many people create resolutions only a few of them will complete theirs. According to Forbes, only 25% of people stay committed to their resolutions after 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. This was the case for Mt. Hebron Health teacher Mr. Harman as he is a, “working dad and has busy schedules.”
Along with not having enough time, it can be hard to stay motivated. Resolutions have to be well put together for one to have the motivation and courage to achieve them. Goals take time and effort, which can make trying to complete the goal tiring.
“Even though it’s a lot easier said than done, you have to keep reminding yourself that you’re doing this for a reason. And I know it’s kind of harsh sounding but no one’s gonna do it for you. If you wanna change something about yourself the more and more you affirm it the more you’ll stay motivated,” freshman Alexisjade Valenciana stated.
In addition to reminding themselves why they created the resolution in the first place, creating detailed goals help them to stay motivated. In these cases listing the pros and cons and planning outlines for goals prove to be beneficial.
Forbes states, “goals are specific, whereas resolutions tend to be broad and vague. Goals are much more actionable, which is what makes them more effective.”
Losing motivation was not the only detrimental factor for staff and students. Due to Covid 19, staff and students did not create new years goals as they either forgot or were focusing on more important things.
“Last year there was a lot of focus on my family and my job so I said you know what I gotta be a little selfish this year,” Mr. Harman said.
However, with the world opening up again, there are more chances for people to achieve their resolutions.
When asked about her new year’s resolutions Mt Hebron Vice Principal Ms. Schmidt stated, “I want to learn how to roller skate.”
“I already paid for the lessons as well.” She added.
Although it will be challenging, many staff and students are committed to carrying out their goals. Whether they forgot or failed last year, this year Mt. Hebron’s new year’s resolutions are helping students and staff move forward with self-improvement.