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RISING VOICES: Point/Counterpoint: Do new year resolutions work?

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Kerry Skiff says yes.

By KERRY SKIFF

A new year gives us the hope of a new start.

As we look back on the past year, we may be unhappy with some of our choices and behaviors. Each new year brings the potential for better things. This is the role of new year resolutions.

Resolutions require us to reflect on our past behaviors and evaluate what changes need to be made. They set boundaries on our behavior and raise expectations.

A resolution “helps you set your priorities,” according to Veronica Clark, a junior who attends Christian Educational Consortium in Louisville.

Juliana Gregor, 16, also a junior at Christian Educational Consortium, feels that resolutions are a way of “trying to make a change for the better.” No one wants to keep making the same mistakes over and over.

Chris Kiger, a youth minister at First Christian Church in Elizabethtown, believes a resolution can replace “a bad habit with a good habit.”

Resolutions give us a plan and a drive to accomplish our goals. When we decide to make a change, we must determine what new choices or actions must be made in order to succeed in our resolution. Once a plan is made, you want to follow it. There is an inner drive that forbids you to return to old habits.

Looking back on a past resolution, Clark said she was “driven to do better.”

Resolutions give you a focus and a motivation for improvement. Even if you do not accomplish your goal, you still challenge yourself to do better. 

“Being stagnant is never good,” Kiger said. “There always needs to be a direction that you’re moving toward.”

New year resolutions give us a chance to change ourselves and become the person we would like to be.

Kerry Skiff is a junior who is home schooled through the Christian Educational Consortium.