Why resolutions are good for you
…and how to stick to them
Resolutions provide motivation to push and to better ourselves. Whatever the resolution is, it is healthy to have that something to work towards, to fantasize about, as long as it doesn’t become an obsession. They, subconsciously, also provide a sort of self-reflection on our own life; where we are now, and perhaps where we’d like to be. It’s okay if we’re not exactly where we’d planned, it’s never too late to change. Resolutions offer that chance.
Yes, I know you know. But this is how you’ll get it done easier:
- Get your priorities straight. Every year, I set a few goals, but I use a tier-like system. Top: goals I absolutely have to complete (this year, it’s being more mindful). Middle: goals I want to complete End: one goal I would like to complete by the end of the year (make you feel me and make IAmAwesome YOUR blog, too).
- Go easy on yourself. I view all new habits as an experiment rather than a judgment on my worthiness or skills. Meaning, I don’t beat myself up if something doesn’t work out from day one.
- Take small steps. Scheduling small steps toward goals is THE key to success.
- Remember the real goal. Whatever happens, no matter the mishaps, focus on the end goal and don’t be absorbed by the day-to-day.
- Make it a joint effort. Support from people you love and respect is number one to succeed. Come on, we all need that ‘bravo’!
- Schedule it. The best way I’ve found to keep myself “accountable” is through a regular schedule of practices/behaviors (whatever your goals may be).
- Find what’s fun for you. Narrow down to what makes YOU happy, not anyone else. After all, it was Aristotle, and not a windblown dude, who said: “happiness depends upon ourselves”.