2016 Resolutions

It can be tough to stick to your New Year's resolutions. This week on the Student Life blog, Penn Foster Performance Coach Ruth DeSantis suggests an alternative to New Year's resolutions that can lead to a successful 2016

Let me begin by saying that I do not make New Year’s resolutions. There is a reason for this strong statement: I have made resolutions before that did not make it past the second week of January. For that reason, I will go into the New Year resolution-free. What I will do is think about the goals I want to accomplish in 2016, but I will not make those goals formal resolutions.

It is easy to say on New Year’s Day that I will lose 20 pounds or that I will pass up cake or cookies for kale or hummus. I am a realist, and I can say with confidence that it will never happen. Never again will I go into the New Year knowing that I will fail to keep my resolutions. I am saying loudly and clearly that there will be no resolutions at all for me.

Instead, I hope to go through 2016 with a positive attitude. I want to be happy with the person that I see in the mirror every day. That person will not take for granted a loving and supportive husband. That person will not take for granted two kids who are entering adulthood as confident and strong women. I will not take for granted all that I have accomplished through hard work in 2015. I am saying right now – without making a formal New Year’s resolution – that I will be happy with whatever comes my way in 2016.