“The way I seen it, if you want to change something about yourself, you should just do it rather than wait around for the new year”…..Samantha Jonas-Rongo
Resolve Resolution Dilemmas
Happy New Years!
Being its New Year’s, what’s best but to discuss New Years Resolutions? To be honest, I gave up on resolutions for quite a few years because I realized that I would never follow through on any of them. Instead I liked to use New Years as a time of reflection of what I did accomplish during the year, and celebrate my successes and learn from my failures. I didn’t make any new wishes or goals at midnight, but rather continued on my overall vision of where I wanted to go in life.
The way I seen it, if you want to change something about yourself, you should just do it rather than wait around for the new year.
I had also preferred to make challenges instead of resolutions. I challenged myself to do certain things by a certain date. If I didn’t meet the challenge than I continued on until I did. This way, I have completed more things than if it was a resolution. I also don’t feel like I have let myself down. So, I look at my challenges as to what I was able to accomplish.
This year I do not only have challenges, but I will return to setting, but accomplishing my resolutions. I have made a plan and have created suggestions to not only help myself, but those like myself who suffer from breaking their resolutions within only a few weeks.
The key to keeping one’s New Year’s Resolutions involves picking a realistic goal, taking small steps toward that goal and learning to take slip ups in stride.
- Pick things that you want to change or set one goal that you want to accomplish.
- Take small steps, or make small changes every day to incorporate that change into your life.
- Keep track of your progress.
- Be sure to congratulate yourself for making these small changes.
- Learn to take setbacks in stride and recommit to your goal.
Set S.M.A.R.T goals - Focus on creating goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time based (SMART).
Plan ahead – Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolution. Last minute decisions tend to be based on what is on your mind at that time. Instead, take some time out a few days before and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.
Look ahead – Focus on how much better life will be for you, and those around you, when you achieve your resolution.
Avoid previous resolutions – Deciding to re-visit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment. Choose something new, or approach an old problem in a new way. For example, instead of trying to lose weight by signing up for a gym, try starting out by working out at home before you become locked into a gym contract that you will later regret if you don’t continue to work out. Also, having a gym bill on your credit report isn’t a good financial or personal look either.
Make it personal – Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual every year resolutions, or those that your family and friends set. Instead think about what you really want out of life, so think about finishing that novel, begin to read even, or learn to play an instrument, rather than just losing weight and getting to the gym.
Be specific – Think through exactly what you are going to do, where you are going to do it, and at what time. Vague plans fail.
Have you ever been told not to tell your wish, or it won’t come true? Well resolutions are not wishes, resolutions are the answer to a problem.
Go public - Many people keep their New Year’s Resolution to themselves. Unfortunately, this makes it all too easy to simply forget about them. Instead, go public, tell your friends, family and colleagues about your resolution, and ask them to provide you with helpful nudges to assist you in achieving your goal. Either way, do not keep your resolution to yourself.
Be persistent - New habits take time to learn, and once in a while you will slip up and revert to the old you. People on diets might suddenly give in to temptation, or those trying to exercise more might not find the time to go to the gym for a week. Remember that everyone messes up from time to time. Don’t blame yourself if you falter, or allow the experience to make you give up.
Keep track – Keep track of your accomplishments so far, and keep up with what you can do to help out with being successful of accomplishing your goal(s).
Congratulate yourself – In order to keep yourself motivated, you need to acknowledge what you have done so far and reward yourself for doing a great job.
Before you mark your New Years resolution permanent, watch this:
Regardless of what you may want to change, only you can do it. Don’t wait on someone else to do their part, if they even have one, focus on what you need to do.
We live in a time where technology, has advanced and it is at the tip of our fingers to accomplish, research, and find almost anything. If your goal is to lose weight, there are apps that offer recipes, fitness trackers, calorie counters and even exercise training.
If you want to budget, apps can keep track of your spending habits, creates budgets and charts of transactions, and gives advice to how you can help save and/or budget. You can even sign up for credit reporting and download the app to keep track of your balances and spending.
If you want to start reading more, or even finish a book you never completed, you can download E-books on almost any device.
Regardless of your choice of change, you can most likely find an app to help you be successful. These are my top 5 resolution apps for anyone: