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Beyond the Resolutions

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Mallory Axline
Pictured here is student Mae Kordas as she fills up her water in between classes. Mae decided last summer drinking water should become a better priority.

As 2024 brings new joy and excitement for the unexpected, it also comes with new trends. This year, there is an increase in the number of people choosing to boycott the traditional New Year’s resolution. The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions has been around for decades, with individuals worldwide committing to self-improvement goals as the clock strikes midnight. It’s not just high school students who have decided to join the movement, but also older teachers and people looking for a more sustainable change.

Mrs. Gonzalez, an academic coaching teacher here at CCHS, shared her strong opinion on New Year’s Resolutions. She says the “intention behind the resolution is good but usually doesn’t last after the excitement ends.” Mrs. Gonzalez specializes in teaching students how to prioritize and set goals. She points out that “goals aren’t just for the new year; it is when you think and believe in starting something new when it makes sense.” Setting difficult goals at the beginning of the year can lead to short-lived enthusiasm, with many people even abandoning them by the end of the week, leading people like Mrs. Gonzalez, who failed their past resolutions, to question the efficiency of this tradition.

Goals can be made whenever and wherever, not just restricted to a January 1st beginning. After talking to my trainer, Bobby Congalton, he disclosed that he too disagrees with resolutions because “it sets unrealistic and unachievable goals that can be disappointing and frustrating.” Bobby also says he likes “encouraging a more balanced approach and emphasizing progress over perfection.” It’s important to remember that the critical approach to fitness is having a realistic mindset and focusing on sustainable, long-term habits. This is much more valuable than setting short-term resolutions. 

Many people set expectations that are just unachievable- extreme weight loss in a short period of time, zero sugar, or strict dieting are just some examples of unrealistic goals. Creating a realistic plan and being flexible in adapting goals as circumstances change can also contribute to a more successful goal-setting process instead of just relying on their resolutions.

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About the Contributors
Mallory Axline, Staffer
Mallory Axline, a 18 year old senior who was born and raised in San Diego. You will get to know Mallory better through her articles. She has played varsity softball for the past four years and will continue her athletic and academic career at University of San Diego. She loves spending her down time with her friends, going to the beach, and getting boba. After college she plans to do something with her business degree.
Nikole Egan, Staffer
Niki Egan, a 17 year old senior is someone you will get to know very well on her stories. Her love for volleyball is shown in her 3 years competing on the lady dons cathedral team and her commitment to University of Washington for beach volleyball. Niki loves the beach, boba and pretty much anything she can do with her friends. At Washington she plans to major in Business and Real Estate and hopes to become a Real Estate Agent in the future.

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