New year, new me, right?
Well, we prefer the term better instead of new.
The beginning of a new year helps us to remember all the lessons we learned the past year, reflect on our future and think about the changes we should make to be able to achieve the goals. Making ourselves better every year.
There is always two sides of the story, the ones who write down their yearly resolutions and act on them and the ones who hate resolutions and won’t even consider it.
We agree on that you don’t need to wait until the end of the year to start something or to improve yourself but it’s a very encouraging moment of the year, where people find the strength and determination to decide on trying something new. Is actually the best time to be able to properly plan the execution of a goal. So if you hate resolutions don’t do them or start whenever, but don’t discourage others when making them every January 1st.
If you love writing and setting goals for yourself as new year’s resolutions here are some things you should consider:
1. Be realistic: Set achievable goals for yourself, they have to be challenging, but not impossible. Take for example “I want to start to workout”. If you don’t usually workout don’t expect to go and hit the gym every day. Start by 2-3 times a week and achieve it, you’ll get used to it and will be able to increase that number while the months go by. Also breaking into pieces a big goal can be very beneficial psychologically for example if you want to work out every day this next year increase the number of workouts every 3 months.
2. Do one thing at the time: This is one of the reasons why many people fail, having too many resolutions and not planning how to achieve them properly is what sets them up to fail. If you want to be fitter and healthier, do just one thing at a time. Give up drinking. Give up smoking. Join a gym. Eat more healthily. But don’t do them all at once, just choose one and do your best to stick to it. Once you have got one thing under your control, you can begin a second resolution.
3. Be SMART: If your work includes setting goals you already know what we mean, being SMART is being: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound. Resolutions should be the same, cutting down alcohol is the perfect example. You can’t say I’m going to drink less” you have to say “I’m going to go from drinking 5 glasses a week to drinking 3”. Revisit the goal each month and adjust.
4. Connect the resolution to a specific goal: This can also be very motivating, for example, “I want to work out more” for what? Do you want to be able to run a 10k race or lift 100 kilos? Setting a specific goal for each resolution will help you keep your motivation high during the months. “I want to lose weight before summer” could be translated as “I want to drop a dress size or lose two inches off waistline in time for the next summer holiday”
5. Share your resolution: Let your friends and family know, besides proving yourself this will also help you to stay on track. For example, if you want to quit smoking, real friends won’t put temptation on your face but help you achieve your goal and monitor your behavior. Remember there is nothing wrong with asking for support or help.
6. Change your behavior with others: You don’t have to be on your own, in fact changing your habits by yourself can be quite difficult. Join the gym with your friend, pottery classes with a family member or a cleaner diet with your partner. Sharing little achievements, tracking success together and giving each other tips is the best way to reach your goals. Also if one day you don’t wanna do it for you, you will do it for them.
7. Don’t limit yourself: Like we mentioned earlier, it doesn’t need to be a new year to change, set better habits or start a hobby. Neither you have to stop at what you set. If you achieve your goal by June and you want to keep improving don’t give yourself the excuse “I already achieved my goal”, go further. Goals and resolutions are for the rest of your life not just for the next year.
What are your resolutions this year? Let us know in the comments and don’t hesitate on asking for advice!