We’ve all been there: the new year comes along and we tell ourselves we’ll start working out, start meditating, read more, study more, work more, quit something, start something, live life to the fullest, or whatever other goal that most of us have set our minds to only to lose them a couple of weeks later.
We always feel the need to become better versions of ourselves once the clock strikes 12 and January 1 comes along, but most of us fail our so-called new year’s resolutions. There’s nothing bad with trying every year because at least we’re aware of what we want to change in ourselves, but when do we actually stick to our resolutions and become that better version of ourselves?
No matter your resolution, here are some ways you can try to make yourself stick to them:
By making your resolutions specific, following them will be much more satisfying since it will feel like you’re ticking off boxes on a list. Instead of just saying “I will read more,” make your resolution sound more fixed by saying “I will read one book a month this year.” By simply changing how you phrase your resolutions, your mindset on them can automatically change.
The good thing about specifying your resolutions is that you can make it easy on yourself. If you’re not the type to workout, making it your resolution to do so five times a week will surely be hard. Working out once or twice a week is a good place to start. Always start small on habits you’re only beginning to form. Only build them up once you get the hang of it.
Note Them Down
With all of life’s problems, it’s easy to forget our resolutions. While writing them down on a notebook already helps, putting up notes all over your place will surely remind you of them 24/7. If it’s your resolution to drink eight glasses of water a day, write it down on a post-it and stick it to your fridge. If it’s your goal to use your phone less, limit your phone usage with timers and apps that will notify you once you exceed your limit for the day. Continuously remind yourself with notes.
If you break your resolution, don’t use that as a reason to stop for the rest of the year. Not everything goes according to plan, but that’s okay. The important thing is that you soldier on and continue with your goals. If your resolution is to quit smoking but you find yourself smoking a stick, start again tomorrow. Just because you “failed” that one day doesn’t mean you should just forget about your resolution for the whole year.
At the end of the day, the motivation we feel at the start of the year isn’t enough. We have to actually commit to the resolutions we make if they’re really important to us. We also shouldn’t be relying on January 1 to make a change because we can start at any time of the year.
It honestly depends on the person, so start when you’re ready. Change is change and you should welcome them any time — not just the new year.