Of all of the holiday’s New Years is honestly one of my favorites. I never realized that I liked New Years until I had a strange excitement January 27th. It caused me to take some time to think about why that was so. I realized New Years is one of my favorite holidays because it brings a new start. It’s a breath of fresh air, or like stepping out of the shower, clean and ready to take on what comes next. It’s analyzing what happened the year before that you wish would have happened differently, and making it happen differently for the next year. And that’s where resolutions come in. Setting a resolution is like making a commitment to make a positive change for the upcoming year. It’s a fantastic idea and a well-known concept. However, very few people are actually able to follow through with their resolutions. Here are some suggestions on how to make good New Years Resolutions and actually follow through with them.
Do Not Make Too Many Resolutions
You don’t want to overload yourself. You may have a lot of things you want to change, but you can only climb one mountain at a time. If you overwhelm yourself, you’ll start giving up on them one by one until you give up on all of them. I do not have any major time-consuming resolutions this year so I set four. Four actually may be a lot, but I think mine go together well enough that I will be able to stick with them. The four resolutions I set for myself this year are: Write More, Wake up Earlier, Love More, and Read the Whole Bible. Like I said though, depending on what your resolutions are and your schedule, you might only want to set one resolution this year, and that’s perfectly fine.
Make Broad Resolutions Followed By Specific Goals
You can make a broad resolution and keep track of it throughout the year by adding goals throughout the year. For instance, you can make a resolution to lose weight and make it a goal to lose a set amount of pounds every month. Write down your goals and keep them a place you will remember them. For each of my resolutions, I have small goals that coincide with them.
Have Reasonable Expectations
This one may be a little self-explanatory, but still, it is really important. Do not say you’re going to lose 100 pounds in a month, or perfect the SAT’s or keep the house spotless 100 percent of the time. We have to be honest with ourselves about what is doable and what is not. Setting outrageous goals leads to discouragement when you cannot accomplish them.
Find An Accountability Partner Who Will Actually Hold You Accountable
Find someone to make resolutions with you. It won’t be hard to find someone making resolutions, most people make resolutions on New Years. The key is to find someone who will keep you accountable. It may not be the person you are closest to. My boyfriend and I are not good accountability partners for each other. We are too easy for each other. We can encourage each other perfectly, but sometimes that’s not enough. Find someone to keep you accountable.
Make it a Point to Stick with Your Resolution Until April
Most people hit a bump and give up on their resolutions the first or second month. The figure that there is no way that they can keep their resolution going the entire year. When you run into that bump one of the first two months remember that you promised yourself you would not give up until at least the first of April. That means you stuck with it for a whole season. If you think you are absolutely not capable of keeping up then maybe it’s time to try a different thing. But most likely if you beat the initial bump, you’ll be set in a routine and be able to follow through with your original resolutions.
Set Goals that Benefit You
The whole point of making New Year’s resolutions is finding things that are dragging you down and removing them from your life. Look at yourself and why you are not satisfied with where you are at and create a vision of where you’d like to be next year. Then form your resolutions by brainstorming ways to get you to where you would like to be. If you are going to put in the effort of making and following resolutions, make sure that they are actually beneficial to you. So, if your resolution is a diet, then you should research the reviews on the best diets. If your resolution is going to the gym, research the best ways to utilize your time at the gym. Or, if your resolution is to spend more time with your family, then research family activities. The more research you do, the better you set yourself up for success.
Hopefully, my resolution guidelines were beneficial to you. Please feel free to comment on any comments or questions. I would love to read what your resolutions are. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!