New Year, New You
The tradition of making resolutions at the start of each year is deeply engrained into the culture of the developed world. It’s a great idea. At the stroke of midnight on the 31st December, we are given the opportunity to shed the old year, the trials and challenges we faced, the worries and concerns. Instead, we can look forward. A new year is a new start and it makes sense to begin 1st January with optimism and positivity, hopeful for what the next twelve months will bring. The problem is, while many of us start out with the best intentions, it can be really tough to stick it out. Here are 5 great tips to help you commit to your New Year’s resolution.
1. Be Clear
A classic New Year’s resolution is ‘be healthier’. Which is great and commendable, but vague. How? How are you going to be healthier? In what ways are you going to adapt your lifestyle to achieve this? Whether you are choosing to implement an exercise regime, take up a new sport or eat more fresh, local produce, clearly stating your intentions are key. After all, following the gluttony of Christmas, anything could be considered ‘healthier’. If you want to ‘stick to’ your New Year’s resolution, you need to know what you’re sticking to in the first place. Write it down for maximum clarity. If it’s food related, perhaps stick that note to the fridge …
2. Be Realistic
Never taken a French language class before? You’re probably not going to be fluent by the end of the year. Want to write that novel but don’t have any experience? Maybe practice your writing skills on shorter mediums first. No savings in the bank? That first home might not be attainable by next Christmas. Set yourself goals you can realistically reach. The disappointment of ‘failing’ is a knock to your confidence and can usually be avoided by managing expectations. We’re not saying don’t be ambitious; just consider what is realistic at the same time.
3. Be Patient
Weight loss is another ideal example here. You’re not going to go for a run every day throughout the first week of January and magically drop a dress size. Depressingly, losing weight requires more time commitment than that. But don’t be put off if you don’t see immediate results. Similarly, if you have set yourself the challenge of learning something new, remember that you are a beginner, whatever your age. There’s no shame in not being very good at something. Practice and patience will see you improve over time, as long as you stick at it!
4. Be Boastful
Telling your friends and family what you plan to do for the coming year isn’t boastful. Instead, think of it as a great way of applying subtle pressure to yourself. The more people who know about your New Year’s Resolution, the more people there are to tell when you don’t accomplish what you set out to do. This may sound a little ominous but it works. People don’t like to appear to have failed, so we instinctively try harder to achieve our goals when our failure is something others would be aware of. Think of it as subconscious motivation.
5. Be Consistent
Going in all guns blazing on the first day of the new year is tempting but you’re more than likely going to run out of steam fairly quickly. Think tortoise and hare. Slow and steady wins the race. Remember, this is a New YEAR’s resolution. You have 12 months to achieve your goal or to implement changes. Not everything has to be done in the first week.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Ours is to post about a good deed we do three times per week in the More Good Deeds App. Not only is this a commitment to be kind to those around us but every time we donate, More Good Deed donates $1 to charity as a bonus. What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Comment below and let us know what your plan for 2018 is!