With a new year comes the promise of a fresh, new start. As we turn the page on 2013 and settle into the first days of a new year, we are all thinking hard about our resolutions. If you haven’t thought about it, here’s some food for thought: What do you resolve to do in 2014? Or not to do? Or to do more of?
It’s no secret that year after year the number one resolution among Americans is to “get healthy” (loose weight, work out more, eat right…). Don’t believe me? Fine. Read up on the top 10 resolutions here.
It is also no secret that the number one resolution that people do not follow through with is the same one that they are so hopeful and dedicated to on the first of the year. By the third Friday of January most people will have given up or failed at the promise to take better care of their health. What, you don’t believe that either?
All of this negativity surrounding resolutions got me thinking about how we can all follow through with goals in the upcoming year. When you tell someone about your goals for 2014, no matter if they are health related or otherwise, you will probably receive snarky remarks and commentary about how “that’ll never last.” Don’t fret!
Prove everyone wrong (and maybe even the tiny voice inside your head that shows up just in time to doubt your abilities during time of weakness) with a few easy but super helpful tips for making those resolutions last until 2015– or even further!
If you think of your resolution in weekly goals instead of a “year long project” you will feel less daunted by the tasks at hand. Rather than saying “I plan to loose 40 pounds this year” try breaking that weight loss up into small milestones. Set smaller goals in the beginning (say, one pound per week for the first three weeks) and then increase your goal as you go. If you are patient and remember that a slower yet steady and consistent pace will win the race then you will meet your goals in what will feel like no time!
Keep a journal! Whether you are planning to loose weight, eat more vegetables, learn to play an instrument, try new recipes, learn to knit– whatever your resolution is, if you write it down you will be more motivated to continue! Write down all your goals (weekly, monthly and yearly) on the first page. Seeing your goals can help you manifest them.
Each time you work toward achieving your goal write down what you did, how you did it and what you might have learned. When you hit a goal (IE: losing two pounds, learned to play a full song, completed a Pinterest project) dedicate a whole page to your milestone. Seeing your progress will motivate you to continue!
If you have a mishap…
We all mess up. It’s human nature. But don’t fall into the trap of excuses! If you have a sugary, fattening breakfast and continue to eat poorly throughout the day because you “already messed up so might as well indulge…” you are only digging a deeper hole. Think of your breakfast as a small pothole- you can still walk out of the hole on your own. The more “indulgent” behavior your engage in the deeper your hole will become. Eventually you will be standing in a trench and won’t be able to pull yourself out. It’s better to stop while you’re ahead and can still walk away. You can apply this metaphor to any goal, big or small.
Follow accounts on social media that have similar interests in mind. For example, seeing healthy recipes, before and after photos and others who are trying to loose weight on your Instagram feed can motivate you. If your goal is to cook more follow popular chefs on Facebook. Keep a file of crafts you want to tackle or start pinning them to a board on Pinterest. If you are ever at a lost for a way to continue with your goal or can’t think of a healthy, quick dinner you will have an arsenal already built up for those times when you just feel like jumping off the wagon.
I hope these tips will help you achieve some fantastic things in 2014. Here are a few of my own goals:
Cook some of the recipes I have pinned!
Blog more frequently
Organize my closet
Donate some of my shoes and clothes
What is your resolution? Leave it in the comments!
One more thing before I go…
“People need revelation, and then they need resolution.”
– Damian Lewis