Good morning everyone, and welcome back. As the first prefect to speak to you in 2018, I wanted to address the topic of New Year’s resolutions. Making a resolution is something which I’m sure all of you have done before, whether it is to not eat chocolate for a few moths, renew your gym membership, or to try to improve your grades at school; we have all tried to push ourselves. Making a resolution in the New Year is a very positive thing to do because it allows you to evaluate your characteristics and develop them to make yourself a better person. According to The Business Insider, 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Clearly this shows a lot of people fail their resolutions because they cannot motivate themselves anymore, don’t have the time to keep up with them, or they don’t believe they are getting the results they wanted. I encourage all of you, staff and pupils alike, to set a New Year’s resolution if you haven’t already, and try your best to stick with it. Your resolution doesn’t have to be life changing or Nobel Prize winning, but something which will help you and maybe those around you.
To elaborate on this, to be able to stick with a New Years resolution and achieve it you have to push yourself, and this is a brilliant task to do. Trying to become better at something will clearly benefit a person. I would argue that it doesn’t necessarily matter what you push yourself in as long as you are doing good. Everyone should strive for something. It could be playing an instrument to a high level, gaining as many travelling experiences as possible, being more conscious about your actions and their effect on the planet, or doing your utmost for charity and people around you. Setting your own personal tasks can help you to give yourself direction, improve your focus and give you greater self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses. All of these will create a more rounded person, who is able to tackle whatever life throws at them. What I want to leave you on is that following the crowd isn’t always the right choice. Be yourself, set your own goals, have your personal New Years resolutions and motivate yourself to achieve them whatever they may be.
Your resolutions can certainly be specific and this is useful for channelling your goals, but in all they should be about broadening yourself and making 2018 a year to remember.
In conclusion, best wishes for the New Year ahead, I hope you can all achieve what you want to, especially if you push yourself towards it. Have a good week and a good 2018. Thank you.