With 2018 just getting underway, I’m sure we have all witnessed someone (maybe even ourselves) proclaim “new year, new me!” Over the years, this self proclamation has not only become a meme, but a resented quote that is thought to be said by people who say that they will change for the better but ultimately do not. Cutting out bad habits, losing weight, and getting rid of frenemies aren’t easy tasks and cannot magically happen once the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31st. Taking better care of yourself requires much more effort! Here are three ways that you can stick with your New Years resolutions, whatever they may be
1. ATTAINABLE GOALS – Make sure that the goals you are setting are attainable and realistic. For example, if you want to obtain a greener diet, do not immediately go Vegan and throw out all of the meat from your refrigerator in one day. Instead, start with incorporating less meat into your daily intake and continue to do so until you are finally ready to cut it out completely. Give yourself time to achieve the goal!
2. DON’T FORCE IT – Try not to force yourself to do something, simply because you (or people around you) think it’ll make you a better you. As humans, we sometimes get caught up in what we think others would want from us, instead of channeling our own needs and wants. If the purpose of your resolution is primarily for the pleasure of others, it is very likely a goal that won’t work out in the long run.
3. LEAVE ROOM FOR MISTAKES/IMPERFECTIONS – Unfortunately, making mistakes is something that can’t be avoided no matter how hard we try. If getting in the gym is on your list of 2018 resolutions, know that there will be days where you just want to stay in bed or hang out with friends. Know that you will have to give yourself those extra 10 minutes of convincing yourself to get out of bed! The discipline and motivation will not come overnight, but with effort and patience.
Maybe a “new” you won’t exist in the 2018, but a better version of yourself is certainly possible!