Make goals, not resolutions8:00 AM
I am willing to bet that for a lot of you, they are either long forgotten already or in the process of being put in that mental box labelled "resolutions" which you will store in the back of your mind until December 31st.
As you might know already, the only resolution I ever take is to keep on being awesome. That's no joke, I do, every year. This is the type of resolution I can totally keep. Because I don't really believe in things like "loosing weight", being more organised, or vowing to workout more, at least not as a resolution.
You see, the thing with these New year resolutions is that they are really made on the spot without any idea of how you will go about them. You can resolve to loose weight all you want, if you don't make a plan out of it, it won't happen. And it doesn't help to make that kind of statement after a month long of festivities either.
Don't get me wrong, loosing weight, going to the gym, being more organised, spending more time with family are all wonderful things. But they won't happen until you make them your GOALS.
That's right, goals, NOT resolutions. Do not resolve in vain to achieve something without an aim. That is stupid and will get you nowhere. Aiming at a reasonable short term goal is a smarter, better idea on so many levels.
The first one being that if you make it a concrete goal to, lets say loose 2kg in January, you will not feel discouraged. 2kg in a month is an attainable thing you can work with. "Loosing weight"in 2016, not so much.
Loosing how much? How? By when? Why? This is why resolutions don't work, they are way too vague for any sane person to keep with them, especially when they involve massive changes in your lifestyle.
It's the same with "Going to the Gym regularly". Define regularly to begin with. If you make it a goal to go every Monday and Wednesday instead, you are probably going to have a far better chance at keeping that one up.
Today is January 21st, we are 10 days away from kissing the first month of 2016 history (time flys I know). So if you have given up on your resolutions already, it's not to late.
You can keep them, but rewrite them as a goal. Take a moment to sit down, and make your goals for February. What is it that you resolved to do this year? How can you break it into small short term goals you can easily achieve?
Has, eating healthier in 2016 been your resolution? Yet you can't seem to switch from a carb loaded diet to a more sensible one? That's because you need to look at it as a progress. Try to make it your goal to make at least one day a week a healthier one. Pick a day a week that will be all about fresh fruits and vegetables and no carb and stick to that in February. Then by the end of next month, review your performance and plan on doing two days a week in March. When you break it down, it suddenly becomes less daunting.
Proceed the same with every single vague yet life altering resolutions you might have made last December.
If you can't trust yourself to remember your goals, write them down, and then write down how well you did, and don't forget to reward yourself as you progress with it as well.
And of course, remember to remind yourself that you are awesome...daily. This is what I do.