If you’re anything like me, you will start out with something strong but will lose motivation or just completely forget about what your intentions were. Adulting is stressful enough as it is, so adding things to your to-do list seems almost inconceivable.
I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Like, why now? Does starting a new year and changing the year on the date change you suddenly? No. But in many ways it is seen as a new slate and fresh start.
I have vowed that 2016 will be MY year. I will get out of my comfort zone and reach new heights personally and professionally. I have decided on five resolutions I would like to work on throughout 2016. I will not share them here because I would like to keep them personal. To give you ideas your resolutions could range from being healthier, eating better, starting a new hobby, reconnect with old friends, spend less time on social media, save money, prioritize time, apply to college, get a certification, focus on family, learn how to cook, be more spiritual, etc. You don’t have to have five resolutions (I always prefer to bite more than I can chew) but I’ve broken down those five resolutions into even smaller steps so they are more attainable. If you have just one resolution, break that down into small steps also to be able to make progress.
In order to make these resolutions a success, I have come up with a list of ways to make them a priority year-round.
- Let close friends/family know your goals. It is okay to keep them private from Facebook and the general public, in fact, I strongly suggest you do that. But it is important to have some cheerleaders on your sidelines to keep you in-check.
- Create an inspiration board. Okay, so I’m strangely obsessed with inspo boards. I will make one for just about anything. I even make them for a big paper or project for school. I like to have a visual outline that reminds me and drives me for success. If working out is a resolution for you, making an inspo board with fit men/women will help keep you motivated. At one point in college, I even put pictures of Victoria’s Secret models in the kitchen pantry and refrigerator. Not weird.
- Be aware that these goals/resolutions will likely not happen overnight. Common sense will tell you that loosing 30 lbs will take time but don’t be discouraged if at three months time, you are only showing small progress. Progress is progress.
- Track your progress. Keep track of your progress by taking progress pics or keeping a journal.
- Have a calendar specifically for your resolutions. Go out to Target and purchase a cheap calendar to set goal dates and check-in times. This will help tremendously. You can’t expect to maintain a resolution by not checking in and setting goals for yourself.
- Use technology. No, I’m not suggesting you go out and buy a FitBit. Take advantage of free apps on your phone or online to track progress. If your goal is to lose weight, eat healthier, drink more water download FitStar Personal Trainer or Nike+ Traning Club to track fitness, MyFitnessPal to count calories, carbs and fat, PlantNanny or Waterlogged for water intake. You can also use a reminder app (one already downloaded to iPhones) to make check-in times and reminders to track progress.
- Check back in with initial goal. One of the best feelings is to look back at where you started. Like I said before, progress is progress, so even small amounts of improvement are better than where you were when you first started.
- List a positive outcome from the resolution. If you start feeling discouraged, try to think of something positive that has happened during your journey. You are trying to find a hobby for yourself and tried a painting class. You hated it but made a couple new friends in the process!
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! I love to see other people succeed especially in a world where society is always about comparing each other and competing to be the best. Let’s make these New Year’s goals happen for ourselves once and for all! Best of luck to my readers on your journey in 2016 : )