Resurrecting Your Resolutions

Laura Nicolescu, Co-Editor-In-Chief

Three weeks into 2017, and most people’s New Year’s resolutions have passed away to the underworld of disregarded hopes and dreams for the future.

It’s ok, you can admit it. You didn’t stick to your 7 a.m. morning workout plan. You fell asleep in algebra again. You didn’t tell that boy you like him.

So much for self-improvement.

The biggest problem with keeping new year’s resolutions is that we give up too easily, or constantly tell ourselves “I’ll start Monday,” or “maybe next month,” and “there’s always next year!”

Well, guess what.

It is “next year.”

Here are some tips to resurrect your resolutions:

  • Don’t go at it alone, as you are more likely to fall off track. It’s easier to meet your goals when you are working together with someone that has the same goals as you. They will keep you on the right track by holding you accountable and motivating you.
  • Make time to work toward your resolutions. If you didn’t organize your time efficiently, it’s no wonder you fell off track and hit a few setbacks. You’re probably feeling stressed and anxious. Organizing and prioritizing your tasks will help you stay on track toward achieving your goal.
  • Set plausible goals. Just because it sounds like a great resolution doesn’t mean it’s entirely achievable. Many of us bombard ourselves with unrealistic goals and end up overwhelming ourselves trying to meet them. Focus on one, specific, achievable goal.
  • Set specific goals. Goals that are too vague provide insufficient direction and only confuse and overwhelm you. Make sure that your goals are well defined and precise.
  • Don’t let one unsuccessful day get you down. A positive mindset is key to achieving your resolutions.
  • Share your goals with others. You may have already failed your New Year’s resolutions because you kept your goals to yourself and attempted to work on them alone. Making a public commitment, such as sharing your goals on social media, is a great way to increase your accountability. 
  • Anticipate problems and obstacles, and learn how to deal with them. Setbacks should be anticipated, as well as possible solutions.
  • Write your goals down. According to, people who wrote down their goals, shared them with others, and maintained accountability for their goals were 33% more likely to achieve them, versus those who just formulated goals.
  • Don’t give up! The worst thing you can do is quit completely when times get rough. However, we can’t achieve success without failing first. Don’t let falling off track discourage you. Instead use failure as motivation for a fresh start and a new beginning.
  • Create specific benchmarks, and reward yourself (and I don’t mean a cheat day, but maybe a cookie is ok) by creating a list of the things you have to accomplish before you can get them. This will act as motivation toward achieving your goals.

You can do it, Titans! When it gets hard, don’t give up. Follow these tips, and make 2017 your year!