It’s that time of year again when we vow that we will do better, change our habits to become healthier or happier, make more positive priorities, be kinder, more patient, and less stressed, plus a laundry list of lots of other things we hope to achieve.
Creating resolutions is the relatively easy part. Our intentions are pure and promising. Sticking to the sentiment is a whole different story. For far too many people, after the first week of the New Year has come and gone, so have those resolutions that were waiting to take hold.
It’s hard. Life can get in the way of what was meant to make it even better. From heavy workloads to endless family activities, personal drama to physical setbacks, the ability to keep those resolutions running is undeniably challenging. It can be far easier to give up than go for it. But that won’t do, especially when you are determined to make 2020 your best year yet.
Get yourself pumped up and prepared to tackle your resolutions head on and prove to yourself that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Set Reasonable Expectations
If you are set on losing 50lbs. by February, you will be bummed out when it is Jan. 31 and you have not even reached the halfway mark. This leads to frustration and feeling like a failure. You will want to give up and give in to temping treats and time off from exercise. Instead, design doable milestones so you can steadily see change. You will be more likely to reach your goals and feel great. The same method works for other types of resolutions too. For instance, if you are finally ready to get your home sparkling from top to bottom, break up the job into manageable chunks. You won’t feel overwhelmed and you won’t dread doing it.
Even if a friend or family member has different resolutions than you do, you can still team up to hold one another accountable. Share your goals and be mutually motivating. Check in frequently and fess up when you’ve slacked off or slipped up. When you have someone to help keep you strong, you will have that extra boost to bring it on.
Happy New Year! When you resolve to make your life more meaningful in any way, it does take work, but it is no doubt worth it!