How To Make Your New Year’s Resolutions
Entertainment| | By Jason Owen
Yes it is that time of year, New Year’s resolutions are here. It can seem overwhelming when attempting to choose a resolution that is both realistic and manageable. New Year’s resolutions originate from the desire to change our habits for the better, but that means a constant dedication to that resolution. Habits are the most difficult aspect of a resolution because it takes a constant sense of resistance in order to change it.
With the right techniques and these helpful tips, you can create a resolution that works for you and your lifestyle.
- Bigger isn’t always better: Your goals can be as big as you want, but it’s important that you keep a list of smaller tasks attached to your big plans so that way it can lead you to big results. Keeping smaller goals within a larger one will be helpful in avoiding the feeling of stress, disappointment, or being overwhelmed by something feeling impossible.
- Commit: There is no room for questioning your resolution, once you make it you must push yourself toward the goal. Find ways that help motivate and inspire to continue your resolution. Whether you create an inspiration board on Pinterest or remember your intentions for choosing this resolution, know yourself and your coping mechanisms. Anticipating your lows will create space for you to have a plan for pushing yourself through it.
- Be realistic: Don’t be consumed by positive fantasies, be real with yourself and your abilities at this moment in time. Evaluating your lifestyle and schedule will be a good place to start in understanding the availability within each day to dedicate towards your resolution. Continue this reality check with understanding your personality, attitude, and mental capacity. It is okay have resolutions that challenge you but make sure you are not trying to change too many things too quickly.
- Make it official: Habits build from daily actions and New Year’s resolutions are no exception. It is helpful to write down daily, weekly, or monthly goals on your work calendar to keep your resolution a reality and a priority in your life. It can act as a symbol for acknowledging your goal each day, which is the most important thing.
- Be flexible: Remain open-minded about tweaking your smaller tasks that help you reach your bigger goals. Doing so can relieve pressure of being too hard on yourself because some days there will be circumstances that make your smaller resolutions difficult. Give yourself some slack and move things around to work with your mindset. This doesn’t mean you aren’t committed, but it does mean that you are doing what works best for you.