It’s almost that time of year again; as 2013 comes to a close our focus begins to shift to New Year’s and the start of new resolutions. While most resolutions are begun with good intentions, it often doesn’t take long for life to set in, resolutions to be broken, and feelings of failure to take hold. New Year’s resolutions, in and of themselves, are not bad—what better time than the start of a new year to make some positive changes in your life—but there is more to a successful resolution than just wishing it to be so. If you want to avoid making resolutions that will add to the stress in your life, be reasonable in your goals.
Resolving to lose weight, get in shape, or be healthier is one of the most common resolutions; as well as one of the most easily broken. Despite the many obstacles it is possible to be successful. To begin it’s important to be realistic. Vowing to go to the gym every morning at 6am or eliminating all junk food from your diet is probably not realistic. Begin by committing to go once a week and once that begins a habit then go twice and so on. Remove junk food from your house and replace them with healthier snack foods, but allow yourself a treat now and then when you’re out with friends or celebrating a special occasion. Set obtainable goals so you can track your progress. If you really feel committed sharing your resolution with friends on Facebook or Twitter can help you stay accountable and focused on your goal.
No matter what resolution you set, keep it realistic to your life and time. Desiring to learn a new language is a great goal but it requires a lot of time and energy and dedication; all of which are hard to come by with a job, family, friends, and life. Instead of trying to become completely fluent you can utilize a variety of free websites and apps that can help you learn important words and phrases. It can be fun to learn a new skill; however, you also want to keep in mind what is reasonable and practical in regards to other responsibilities in your life.
Everyone has things about their personality that, given the opportunity, they would change—be more optimistic or adventurous or outgoing. Each of these qualities is good but so is embracing your unique personality. That doesn’t mean you can’t make some changes in your life. Don’t just dream about being more adventurous, seize new opportunities to do things and go places. Don’t just dream, do.
No matter what your New Year’s resolution will be, resolve to try your best, expect a few bumps along the way, and set clear goals for yourself. And may this year be the best yet.