I used to have resolutions, but then I stopped because I would never fulfill them. This year though, I am motivated to make some new ones because I’m looking at it in a different way.
I came to realize this after learning about goal setting and the difference between a short term and long term goal. A new year resolution is simply a long term goal, and you can you can track the progress of this long term goal by setting monthly , weekly, or daily goals.
Another thing about resolutions that people don’t really think about is setting a goal that is realistic and achievable. Really people, if you don’t work out at all and you hate exercising, what are the chances that you are going to fulfill the resolution that you are going to go to the gym EVERY DAY. The chances are very slim. Rather than say that, make the goal of going to the gym at least two times a week. It’s more achievable, and it’s baby steps to actually going to the gym every day. Maybe next month you’ll increase to three times a week.
A good resolution is also about perspective. For example, saying that “I’m going to go on a diet” or “I’m going to lose 50 pounds” doesn’t sound to good. Weight loss is stressful, and diets are short term. If you look at it as a “change for a healthier lifestyle” the things you do in order to be healthier will maybe help you to lose weight or “diet” since you are changing your “diet”. It’s less stressful too since you’re not focusing on the numbers on the scale or if you slipped up and ate something you weren’t supposed to.
Sh*t happens though…
Don’t get down on yourself if things don’t work out. Don’t get misguided if things don’t go the way you think that they should go. The fact is, life happens. We all make mistakes, or something happens to us that is out of our control.
So take all of this into consideration when making that resolution. It’s a new year. Make 2016 count.