The holiday of renewal and resolutions is upon you. It is time to put thought into what you can do to make the year ahead better, or how you can better yourself. It is a time of forethought as well as optimism. With the hope that the year ahead will be even better than the last, you resolve to do more, do better, or make changes somehow.
Most people make big resolutions that fizzle out come February. A lot of this has to do with making resolutions that are too big and unobtainable. Some of it also has to do with lack of conviction.
This year, make a resolution that you can actually stick to. Let this be the year that you start and finish your goals, and then look back with pride.
How to Make a Resolution
Let your resolution be about something you actually care about. Too many people make resolutions just because it is a popular thing to do, so they have something to talk about with their friends and coworkers.
Make your goal be something tangible. If you choose a goal that is too hard or impossible to obtain, you will lose steam and give up early.
Put together a game plan. Instead of just saying “I am going to accomplish ____”, actually write out the steps you will need to take to accomplish that goal. Starting small and building up will make your goal obtainable.
Here are some examples of New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to:
Health and Fitness Goals
First, set a goal that is realistic. Instead of making a resolution to lose 100 pounds and have a six pack by summer, allow yourself to be more realistic. Not only would a goal like that be pretty difficult to pull off, but it wouldn’t be a healthy goal for you either.
Instead, pledge to eat healthier and exercise more. Make a game plan that includes healthy recipe ideas, meal plans, and exercise programs. You could even join a gym or put together a meetup group of like-minded individuals to work together with.
Resolutions about money can be difficult. Everyone wishes they could strike it rich somehow, but the truth is that is unlikely to happen.
Instead, make your resolutions about saving money. Your game plan could be a new budget and ideas of how you can cut down on your bills. For example, you could cut your transportation budget down by walking or biking more, or taking the bus sometimes. Or, you could significantly cut your food budget by resolving to only eat out every other week. Small goals like this are more likely to become habits and actually net you some savings at the end of the year.
Goals that involve other people can sometimes be the most difficult of all. Not only do you have to make changes yourself, but you will expect others to make changes as well. Make sure that your goals are fair to the people that are affected by your resolution.
A great idea for a family goal could be just to spend more time together. Small goals that can make this happen are: scheduling a family game night once a week, cooking together, and sitting together as a family at mealtimes.
Real, obtainable goals make the best resolutions that you can actually stick to. Your resolutions should be realistic, but also something you have to strive and push for. Make a game plan and take small steps to your overall reward. Happy New Year to the new you.