New year, new you? We’ve heard that one before…
It’s officially 2022, and resolutions should be more than just a buzzword. Actions speak louder than words and, people struggle to walk the talk. Here are a few ways you can make resolutions you’ll be able to keep.
1. Be realistic
Change is a process and, there is no quick fix. Ambition has its place so, if you make your resolutions too far out of reach, you’ll find yourself demotivated before you’ve even begun. Similarly, if you make resolutions that are too vague, you won’t have a way of measuring how far you have to reach them. Saying you want to go to the gym simply won’t cut it. Instead, try saying you’re going to commit to going to the gym twice a week.
2. Get Support
Writing things down on a piece of paper can only get you so far. Self-motivating is one of the hardest things in the world to do. Tell your friends and family what you want to achieve, there’s no need to go into specifics but, having someone who checks up on your progress can inspire you to work toward having an answer or update. There’s nothing like a little peer pressure to get you going!
3. Visualize, visualize, visualize
Vision boards can be your best friend. Having key visuals of your goals that you can see every day (at your work desk or as your cellphone or laptop background) can ensure that your goals are constantly top of mind.
4. Limit your resolutions
We’re sure you’ve done the inevitable endless scrolling on Netflix when looking for a show or movie to watch. Only to end up forgoing the entire idea and, picking something you’ve watched before. Resolutions can be like picking a Netflix show if you don’t limit them. Having so many things to tackle can easily overwhelm you. So how many is too many? Try to stick to one resolution per category. For example, have one resolution for your health, another for your finance, etc.
5. Learn to adapt
In the wise words of Allen Saunders, ‘Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.’ While it’s important to have a clear and structured plan for your resolutions, you also need to be adaptable to the changes and challenges life can bring. Once you’ve written something down, it doesn’t mean it’s set in stone. You should always be open to shifting and changing your resolutions throughout the year.
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