Making and following a New Year’s resolution can be challenging and require time, patience, discipline, and planning. However, pushing yourself to achieve a resolution can help you in learning how to set goals and achieve them anywhere else - at work, at the gym, or in everyday life. This blog will give you three simple steps to follow in order to make and follow your New Year’s resolution.
1. Choose Something Realistic Yet Challenging
Don’t try to achieve something you know is impossible, like being able to fly. Choose something that is challenging yet attainable if you put in the effort. For example, becoming more environmentally friendly and trying to reduce your waste. Or trying to improve your overall health by eating right or exercising more. Another example would be to practice more gratitude and improving your mental health. These goals are all very challenging, but can be accomplished if you work through them every day.
2. Plan it out
In order to get yourself to achieve your New Year’s resolution, you must put pen to paper. In fact, you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down on a regular basis! (Management30). This can also be considered the process of manifestation, which is important when you want to achieve something without obsessing over it. Planning out when and where you want to exercise and with what equipment, for example, can help you to not put off exercising. Packing your food in reusable food wrap is also another step you can take to make sure you reduce your environmental impact.
3. Trust the Process
Once you have thought of a realistic, challenging, and attainable goal, purchased the equipment you need, and wrote down your goals, it’s time to put in the work. It is important to remember that lifestyle changes take time, and that progress is never linear. For example, if you want to eat healthier, it is important to remember that your body will not change overnight. If it is difficult to eat ‘healthy’ all day long, what you want to do is be able to add healthy food into your diet first before cutting things out.
You will have good days, and more challenging ones. The important thing is to remember to never give up on something you want to achieve. Did you know it takes 21 days to build a habit? Let this reminder inspire you that you can achieve anything. It is important to think of your future self as someone you want to see succeed, and do things for that person that you know will get you one step closer to achieving your New Year’s Resolution. 2020 will be your year to achieve great things, and just remember - good things take time.