The clock strikes twelve; champagne glasses clink as couples kiss and fireworks illuminate the night sky. It’s an annual euphoria that washes over all of us, young and old, bringing us hope as we welcome the future. With a new year comes a plethora of possibilities and the excitement of new beginnings.
While the practice of making resolutions for the year ahead has become a widespread tradition, the commitment involved with keeping them tends to dwindle as days go by. We’ve either completely forgot to keep up with them or found them too difficult to achieve. Though breaking resolutions doesn’t typically affect anyone besides she or he who made it, there are surly more benefits to following through than abandoning the idea all together, specifically for those of us in our twenty-somethings when a list of goals for the near and distant future is required on nearly every job application.
Now that we’re well into January, it may be time to reevaluate those 2016 resolutions. Here’s few tips to help stay on track till December.
Deciding to get fit or be healthier in the New Year is a great idea and a commendable undertaking (high-five!), however, there’s no way to measure such a broad goal. Hone in on what you truly want to accomplish. Do you want to lose ten pounds or a couple dress sizes? Maybe you want to try a more plant-based diet or train for a 5k? Whatever your end goal is, make it concrete.
Make a plan.
Once you’ve pin-pointed your end goal, you’ll need to figure out the steps to take to achieve it. Let’s say you want to be more knowledgeable on current events with election season quickly approaching – how can you incorporate informal education into your schedule? If you’re an avid reader, maybe an online subscription to a national newspaper is up your alley. If you spend a good amount of time commuting to and from work or school, try-out a weekly podcast while you’re on the road.
In sight, in mind.
The easiest way to keep track of your progress is to write it down: jot it down in your planner, journal about it, post about it on social media. Whether you decide to keep it personal or share it with the world, always keep it visible. Don’t settle for the excuse of forgetting. Make use of the reminder app on your smartphone!
It’s not one and done.
So you make a mistake or fall off the path, like skipping a few workouts or eating an entire box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in one sitting (don’t kid yourself, we’ve all been there before)… and? Get back on that horse and try again! Mistakes are not failures. Just like mom always says, they’re learning experiences. They’re also one of the best sources of motivation.
Quote of the post: “Take your risks now. As you grow older you become more fearful and less flexible, and I mean that literally. I hurt my knee this week on the treadmill and it wasn’t even on.” –Amy Poehler