It’s that (other) time of year again! Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but New Years is a not-so-wonderful time for most. With every New Year, everybody wants to be a new person in some way, and resolves to whatever changes they want or need in their life to make that happen. Unfortunately, the changes and efforts may only last till the next month or so before the resolutions are neglected. What goes wrong? Some sort of discouragement is likely the answer. The steps towards the new person are taking too long, or maybe they aren’t yielding the right results or something. Whatever the reason discouragement comes upon the romantic resolution-maker, I want to tell them not to give up. It’s only been a month or two out of a whole year. Stick to it, and better things will come! It may also help to have some perspective on your resolutions. Here are some things to try in working towards your 2014 resolutions:
Set sensible, practical goals– Simply resolving to some change is too broad, and changing to fit the “golden standards” of the media and society are unrealistic. Be specific in the changes you want to make, and set smaller goals to get there. Example: If you’re looking to the age-old resolution of weight loss/control, you may want to set a goal of losing x pounds in y days/weeks/months, and do it by working out or eating healthy meals/snacks so many times a week.
Change out of desire, not obligation– Change because it is something you want to change, not because you or someone says you should. Nobody likes being forced into anything. You’ll be more motivated to stick to your resolutions when they result in some personal satisfaction.
Journal your progress-This will help you remember your goals and keep yourself accountable of your progress. Write routinely on your activities and track your efforts. For instance, if your resolution involves weight loss or control, write about what you have eaten, what exercises you’ve done and how much weight you’ve lost. If your resolution involves a change in negative behaviors or attributes, write about daily victories where you chose a more positive action (or reaction). If you ever get discouraged, you can be encouraged by how far you have come.
Surround yourself with support– You’re not alone in your desire to change. Keeping your resolutions with somebody is another good motivator as you can learn from each other’s successes and mistakes, keep one another accountable, and just be motivated by the other’s presence and efforts. Work out with a friend or family member, seek professional help, or join a group that can help with your personal issues you’re wanting to resolve.
Stay positive– Above all else, don’t let bad days, back steps, and mistakes get the better of you! It’s just one day out of three hundred and sixty-five. Learn from the errors and know there are still plenty more days ahead to get it better and get it right! Seek out encouraging and inspirational resources (quotes, books, blogs, calendars, ect.) to inspire and reassure your attitude every day!
Happy New Year from ToastPop! And good luck with accomplishing your New Years goals!!!