Happy New Year! It's weird to think that this will be the last year to end in the teens (try saying 2020, it just doesn't sound right). With every new year comes the worldwide ritual of writing our resolutions for the new year.
According to some historians the concept of New Years Resolutions began with the ancient Babylonians, who would promise their gods that they would repay debts and be virtuous in the new year.
Today, New Years resolutions are a way to make new goals and put effort into becoming our best selves.
However, many people tend to fall into, what I call, the "resolution stick". It's what happens when you start the year off super focused on achieving your goals, only for them to be a distant memory by March. Here are some tips for sticking to your resolutions and achieving all of your goals for the year!
One of the primary causes of the "resolution stick" is early burn out. Let's take weight loss for example. Your goal is to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year and come January 2nd you're spending three hours at the gym everyday. Soon you will end up exhausted, and slowly stop going. This best way to prevent this is the start off small. It's better to pace yourself, start with a daily run or a few at home workouts. If your goal is to save money, start by putting aside a few dollars every week and gradually increase it as time goes by. Remember, consistency is key!
Write It Down, Visualize It:
One of the best ways to stay committed is by having your goals in writing. Write a list and keep it in your journal. Think of your goals as a grocery list, something you write down to remind yourself of. It's also super helpful to cross them off as you achieve them. Vision boards are also a fun and creative way to keep your goals on your mind. Seeing your board hanging on your wall is a daily reminder of what it is that you want to accomplish.
Have a Plan:
There is no execution without a proper plan. If your goal is to get your drivers license, how can you achieve that? You will need a permit, classes and then finally, the big test. Having a detailed plan also increases motivation and productivity.
You Don't Have To Be Perfect:
No one expects you to be perfect, its impossible! Don't give yourself too much pressure to complete a goal. Some will take longer than a year to achieve, or something might come up that prevents you from doing so, and that's okay! Don't be too hard on yourself. There is a difference between dedication and unhealthy obsession.
Be Your Biggest Cheerleader:
You must always be your biggest supporter. Celebrate your victories, no matter how small!
With that being said, I hope we will all be living our best lives in 2019. For me it's all about my college graduation and making strides in my life. What are some of your goals for the year? Let me know in the comments below!