It’s Dec. 31 — students are on their phones updating their Facebook statuses and sharing their New Year’s resolutions. We watch the ball drop and kiss our significant others as the clock strikes midnight.

Our new resolutions are in first gear and nothing can stop the excited feeling of a new year. Two weeks later, we are sitting on our couches and repeating to ourselves we can get back on track tomorrow.

There are a few of us who do follow through with our resolutions, but, for the most part we tend to fall back into our old habits within the first two weeks.

Every year we make resolutions to lose weight, study harder, be nicer to our family or get more involved in our communities. These resolutions can be accomplished and we should try our best to achieve them.

According to, the reason for our failed resolutions is because we are lacking energy. Over and over we say we are going to eat better, get healthy and live on the edge, but we never actually take action. Instead, we make excuses. Somehow it is never our fault.

The Huffington Post’s website also says we tend to blame our failed attempts on lack of time instead of lack of energy.

However, I do believe time is a factor and the best solution is to make a schedule, hopefully keeping our resolutions on track. A schedule can increase  productivity and gives us a better chance of actually accomplishing our resolutions.

Another problem people have is materialisitic tendancies, especially when it comes down to our goals. We rely on cars, houses, electronics and social networks to fulfill our happiness and satisfaction. If we have more energy we can apply these new resolutions to our daily lives.

The only way we can have more energy is through disciplining ourselves. We must make sure we get the recommended amount of sleep, keeping stress to a minimum, eat healthy and exercise.

When we make it a point to change our lives for the better we will start to see a more improved version of ourselves. Whether we have improved our health, personal life, grades or activities, we will feel more confident in the goals we plan to accomplish in the future.