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Sticking to that resolution

The New Year has come, and we all know what that means: time to make our New Year's resolutions! How many of us have made resolutions in the past and promised to keep them, only to abandon them soon after? Let's try and make 2007 different.

One of the most important keys to keeping a resolution is to remember it. Most of us just don't have the time to be constantly thinking about our resolutions, so write them down on a piece of paper and keep them somewhere you'll see them every day -- in your wallet, on the wall, in your locker. If you see them every day, you're more likely to remember them.

Once you remember your resolutions, how do you stick to them? Well, it's simple -- just think about why you picked that resolution. Ask yourself why you decided to stop eating so much junk food, or why you decided to work harder in school -- what benefits will it have? Once you remind yourself of the benefits, it'll be a bit easier to keep your resolution. And if that doesn't work, go the other way: Remind yourself of what will happen if you don't keep the resolution. You'll get another cavity, for instance, or your report card won't look too good. Once you've looked at the good and the bad, it should be a lot easier to stick to your resolution.

And don't be discouraged if you stray from your resolution -- so what if you eat a little too much junk food one day? Don't let that get you down -- just get back on track and make a promise to work harder at it in the future.

So let's say it's been a couple weeks, and you've been really tempted to break your resolution. Just stay strong and keep in mind the rewards of sticking to your resolution.

Keep in mind that a resolution is a challenge. it's not meant to be easy. If things were supposed to be easy, we wouldn't have to make resolutions in the first place. A challenge may seem impossible, but impossible is nothing. Just work hard and stay strong, and it'll all be worth it in the end.

Melissa Kania is a junior at City Honors.

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