Isabel Taylor, Sports Editor

New Year’s resolutions can be very productive and effective if people stick to them. I believe it is never too late to make goals, or to work on something important in your life. The new year is a fresh start, and the perfect time to set goals to work on throughout the year.
This year I made resolutions to work out four times a week, drink lots of water each day, and to work on my mental health just as much as my physical health. These may seem like a lot of tasks to keep up with, but it’s because they are. It’s hard to make a complete one-eighty, but with persistence and motivation, it’s possible. What I put in impacts what I’m going to get out of the experience.
With this month coming to an end, I can say I’ve made progress with my resolutions. It’s not perfect, and I’m not a completely new person, but it’s a first step in my lifestyle choices. Nothing is going to magically change overnight, which is why I think so many people give up on their resolutions: because they are convinced that they are supposed to. If people understood that change is a process, then maybe people would hold onto their resolutions more often. Choices must be made in order to achieve goals.
According to research, 80% of gym memberships opened in January cancel after only five months. I’ve found that keeping a frequent schedule with time set aside to go to the gym for an hour helps with the consistency of going. Working out is the number one resolution for most people, yet only few keep that resolution.
I believe the reason most people do not set resolutions is because of fear. People become afraid to make change, even life-altering change that is beneficial in the long run. Something I’ve always struggled with is the idea of control and feeling like I don’t have any of it, but setting goals for myself has helped combat that fear. Feeling like I oversee my own life is difficult at times, but so important.
Whatever it is that you want to accomplish in life, know that you are in control. Not your parents, not your best friends, not the people that you look up to, but you. If you want to make a change in your life, you are the only person that can make that change. You are only going to get out what you put in.
Some may see New Year’s resolutions as a waste of time, but sticking to a goal is what resolutions are all about. There’s a productive quality to setting expectations. It is just a matter of being consistent and motivated to accomplish your goals.