New Year’s Resolution Race: Discovering paths to prosperity

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For the people who made a resolution earlier in the year but have now let go of it, it is most likely as a result of a lack of motivation. Some people made their resolution too hard and unrealistic, and so accomplishing their goal seems too far out of what can be done. Others may feel that not much is changing from fulfilling their resolution and so they stop trying to do so, according to Psychology Today. For the students participating in Bearing News’s New Year’s Resolution Race, they correctly determined what the best resolution for them was, and as a result, all participants continue to better themselves.

Bearing News asked: How do you stay motivated to complete your resolution?

[vc_empty_space height=”20px”][TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”279934″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Sydney Magee – 49 points” message=”Just to see how it makes people day. Sometimes, you can just if they’re having a bad day and then you compliment them and they become happier or you can tell they feel more confident. You know, like when you wear something new, you’re like, ‘Does this look good?’ So when you get complimented, you’re like, ‘Oh, good! Other people like it.’ So it’s good to see other people feel good about themselves like when I do when I get compliments.”]

Sydney Magee, senior – 49 points

Resolution: Be more positive and vocalize compliments

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Shray Kumar, senior – 49 points

Resolution: Exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes

[TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”279933″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Shray Kumar – 49 points” message=”One reason I’m motivated is my grade because one of my classes I’m in requires me to exercise anyways. Also basic health — I feel better when I’m exercising. Whenever I don’t, I feel bad, so because I want to feel good, I usually exercise.”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”279932″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Divya Divya – 48 points” message=”I definitely feel like I’m a lot happier, for sure. Even if I don’t necessarily see a physical change, I’m definitely seeing just sticking to my goal is helping me feel a lot happier and much more proud of myself. I definitely want to continue that, just have a happier lifestyle and a happier attitude toward everything. “]

Divya Divya, junior – 48 points

Resolution: Exercise at least 2 times a week for 30 minutes

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Britton Stamps, sophomore – 43 points

Resolution: Spend more time with family

[TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”279940″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Britton Stamps – 43 points” message=”I guess it’s because my resolution is kind of fun; it’s not like I have to work out or diet. It’s not like it’s a chore or a burden. I’m usually introverted at home, so I don’t have a lot of social interaction but when I actually interact with my family, it’s actually kind of interesting.”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”279975″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Audrey Milyo – 40 points” message=”I stay motivated to continue my resolution by remembering that the sooner I do my work, the sooner I’ll go to bed. And the more sleep I get, the more pleasant of a person I will be.” el_file=””]

Audrey Milyo, sophomore – 40 points

Resolution: Procrastinate less

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Siena Juhlin, freshman – 43 points

Resolution: Get more sleep

[TS-VCSC-Image-Overlay image=”279969″ hover_type=”ts-imagehover-style6″ overlay_handle_color=”#2bb673″ title=”Siena Juhlin – 43 points” message=”I’ve been motivated just basically thinking about the good things coming from it. Also, when I don’t get a good amount of sleep, I don’t feel as good so that really influences me.” el_file=””]Confused on what’s going on? Read the introduction post!
Missed the previous updates on the students’ progress in the race? Read them all below:
Week 1: Strong Beginnings
Week 2: Slow and steady wins the race
Week 3: Reaching for the stars
Week 4: If at first you don’t succeed
Week 5: Practice makes perfect
Week 6: Strolling to success
by Alice Yu and Rochita Ghosh
art by Alice Yu
Why do you accomplish your resolution? Tell us in the comments below.