John Daigger of North Platte said he should probably try to lose some weight.

Heather Simons said she has always broken her new year’s resolutions, so she decided not to set one for 2020.

Kelly Burt wants to spend more time with her family, which is hard to do with two full-time jobs.

Madison Hoatson has decided to make a photo album throughout the year.

New Year’s resolutions. It’s the time of the year for resolutions by the score.

We asked random people around North Platte about theirs.

Katie Chingren doesn’t make resolutions, but she does set goals in both her professional and personal life.

When asked, Vickie Jackson quipped that her resolution would be to not make resolutions.

And so it goes.

When we are ready to make a change and reach a goal, that is the time to make one. But just because we make a goal at the beginning of the year doesn’t mean we will stick to it. However, the sincere intention to reach are goal is step one.

The ladies who really stick with the Curves weight-loss program are the ones who start when they are truly ready, not just because it is January.

Kristi Schwager’s New Year’s resolution is to be more positive about life.

Yoko Lawing plans to face 2020 head on, as well as care less about what people think. She said cheerfully that she intends to “kick ass.”

Lawing is from Japan, where New Year’s resolutions are often a family affair. Her grandmother made the children and grandchildren write their resolutions in calligraphy, or record them into a cassette, and held them accountable.

Ariel Quiroga’s 2020 goal is to make North Platte a fit, healthy and active community through his new business, Alive Outside.

Resolutions 101

People usually make New Year’s resolutions but very few of us truly follow through. Not only is 2020 a new year, it’s the start of a new decade.

Remember, January is more than just a month of having to rewrite the date.

We hope to be a reference if you decide to set a goal for the New Year and the new decade.


No matter what your resolution or when you start, there are three main steps that will enable you to say you did more than just try.

In the words of self-help author Brian Griffin, “Wish it, Want it, Do it.”

In other words: Plan. Start. Pursue.



To start, ask yourself the question — what’s in it for ME?

  • Determine why your goal is important to you.
  • Even if you have been inspired or nudged by someone to make an improvement this year, don’t forget you have to be the one to do it.

Ask yourself — Is your resolution too big or overwhelming?

  • There’s no reason why you can’t take it one bite at a time. If you want to write a novel, try writing a short story every week or two at first.
  • Make smaller goals within your resolution for each month, season, or time-frame that fits your life.
  • If you have a really ambitious goal, make it a new decade’s resolution. Then determine what you need to do year-by-year to be successful.

How will I measure my progress?

  • You can be creative and make a flowchart. You can take a marble out of a jar full of marbles to represent each pound you lose.
  • A dedicated notebook or journal can do double duty to record your journey and be an incentive if you like to physically see all you have done.

What’s the timeline?

  • Is it a one-year goal? A decade? One step each month?
  • After you determine that, write your progress goals on the calendar you use most often.

What are the obstacles I will encounter?

  • Is it yourself and your negative thoughts? Is it financial? Is it lack of time?
  • Acknowledge your obstacles and make a plan to knock ’em down and be a winner.

What if I need help?

  • Talk to friends and family for advice. You may be surprised how much they can help.
  • Check for support groups of people with your same goal. You might find them on social media.

How will I hold myself accountable?

  • Tell people your resolutions. And ask them to hold you to it.
  • See if a friend has a similar goal. You can keep each other accountable.
  • Put a sticker on the calendar for every day you don’t ignore your goal. You took the stairs instead of the elevator. You went for a walk rather than skipping the gym entirely. You packed a big snack and only bought a sandwich for lunch rather than a whole meal. You denied yourself an impulse-buy.
  • Remind yourself of the times in that past that you caused problems for the future/ present you.

Remember, you owe a better life to your future self.



You can plan all you want. But you won’t get anywhere if you don’t start.

Pick a significant day to begin.

  • It can be an anniversary, birthday, or maybe it’s just Monday.

Hype yourself up with inspirational quotes and pictures.

  • Find a new one every week.

Visualize yourself achieving your goals

  • Act as though you are, and you will become.
  • Find a role model.

Post a list of goals to read every day.

  • Make a plan and a schedule to follow.



Some say starting is the hardest part, but maintaining progress for 12 whole months or more is a sizable hurdle.

Inspire yourself.

  • Write out a declaration to make progress every day.
  • Keep a journal. Remind yourself of progress. Give yourself stickers.
  • Celebrate challenges. They are learning experiences. It’s fun to learn.
  • Eye the obstacles to overcome. Consider them potential victories.
  • Make a special section in your journal or a poster on the wall for all the butt you have kicked.
  • Write a declaration to improve, even just 1%, every day.

Create a system to reward your victories.

  • Mark envelopes with milestones and put a reward inside. Seal the envelope and open it when you have achieved the milestone.

Remember, goals are made to be changed, not broken.

  • If you find it hard to succeed in the goal you set, revise it. Maybe your life has changed entirely since you set your goals.
  • Don’t give up on yourself or your goals. Make a new plan that will allow you to gradually incorporate what you want to achieve into your life.

It might take time, but you are worth it.

You’ll find that setting goals and acheiving them is fulfilling and empowers you, so don’t stop.

You can set a small goal every month. For instance, spend 10 days (fill in the blank) this month.

  • Go inside the gym
  • Do dishes right after cooking
  • Walk with a friend or a dog
  • Read 15 minutes a day
  • Pack lunch
  • Put money in savings / collect pocket change
  • Talk to a family member
  • Try something new (food, movie, music, route to work)
  • Organize or downsize
  • Journal about the weather, the day, and your dreams.