But this year can be different!
It is possible to keep your resolutions throughout the ENTIRE year-I know because I have certainly done it for many years. I may not actively pursue it every single day but throughout the year I am taking moments to stop and contemplate the resolutions I made, and remembering why I wanted to do them so I can stay motivated to continue.
I really like setting up resolutions for myself because (1) I am very goal-orientated so I enjoy watching my progress and (2) I think it’s fun to continue to grow and adapt as a person.
In 2012 one of my resolutions was to learn how to be more forgiving towards others and although I don’t think this is a resolution that can be changed within a year, I can definitely say that I am not in the same place that I was when I first resolved to do this resolution in January 2012.
Throughout the year, I actively studied on how to deal with my feelings and how to let go and truly forgive and it has made me a happier person. Is it an easy process? I can’t say it always is but I can definitely say that it is very rewarding.
This year, I am planning to continue to pursue that resolution and my resolution for 2013 is to learn to not live in regret. Regret can cause tons of anxiety and it’s a waste of an emotion since I can’t really do anything to change the past.
Whatever your resolutions are, I want to help you stay on task through a few suggestions…
- Limit your amount of resolutions: Try to avoid listing more than 5 resolutions-and 5 is really pushing it. When you limit your resolutions you’ll be more likely to stick to it and give your all to truly keeping them
- Break it down: Instead of just saying, “I want to lose weight”, write what you are going to do week by week in order to meet that goal. Are you going to sleep 7 hours a night? Are you going to replace your chocolate cravings with fruits and vegetables instead? Set goals and write them down on a calendar so you actually do them
- Set weekly goals: Each week choose to do something-anything to reach your goal. For example, using the weight resolution, you can set a goal that this week you are going to work out at least 120 minutes this week (which works out to being less than 20 minutes every day)
- Re-evaluate once a month: To stay motivated, assess your resolution each month. Ask yourself, why are you doing this/what is motivating you? Are you actually doing what you need to do to reach your goals? What can you do differently? Choose a day each month where you’ll look over your resolutions and if you’ve not been successful this month-well there’s always next month! #KeepTrying!
- Be Accountable: Don’t do it alone! Have someone ask you how you’re coming along or even ask a friend to do your resolution with you.
How are your resolutions coming along? Have you abandoned them yet? What were they? Let me know in the comments below!
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