It’s that time of year again – a time for reflection for the year gone by, and a time of hope for good fortune in the year to come. As Edith Pierce said “The book is called ‘Opportunity’ and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” Wouldn’t you love to make this year of your life the best one yet? So that when you’re at the end of it, you feel better about yourself than you did at the end of this one? That’s exactly why we make resolutions. But, come on, lets be honest, nobody really keeps them. We mean to, but that sort of motivation and perseverance all year round is way too much to ask of anyone. But, as it is, that’s where I come in. Here’s how you can make resolutions and make them stick!
1. Don’t be too extravagant and unrealistic
Keep it real. Go some place quite where you can think and then make a list of things you want to change. Don’t make the list dauntingly long because the longer it is, the faster you’re going to give up on it. Only include those things on your list that are really important to you. Don’t make your goals unrealistically hard to achieve. If, for instance, you want to cut down on junk food, you’ve got to tone it down a bit. Replace desert with fruits you like or exercise 4 days a week instead of the planned 7. You’ll get there eventually.
2. Change little by little
Bad habits take years to form and set in. So why should good habits be any different? It’s not easy (or possible) to change overnight so give yourself a break and go slow. Change a little bit every day (or week) and work your way toward the goal. You can’t just go like “Happy New Year! Now hurry up and completely change yourself and your life!” It just doesn’t work that way and you know it.
3. Tell people – remind yourself!
Telling your family and friends about your resolutions is always great because they can be constant reminders to you about what you need to do. Make copies of your resolution – at home in your room, on the fridge, on your phone, at school in your locker. The more you see it, the more you remind yourself to do those things!
4. “New year, new you” takes time
Don’t beat yourself up if you miss one day. Minor setbacks are OK and it’s completely fine to mess up once in awhile. Nobody’s perfect right? Just remember to keep at it as much as you can.
5. Find a friend
Having a friend with similar goals is always a great way to keep motivated. Maybe the both of you can work on your resolutions together and make plans and schedules for it. The more the merrier!
Thats all from me for now! Happy new year everyone! Have an amazing one! Keep your head up and make the best of it!
Deliya x 🙂