Wednesday, April 9, 2014

7 ways to help get back on board with those New Year's Resolutions

So it’s April and you really haven’t stuck with any of your New Year’s Resolution…

I feel like this happens to me every. single. year. Anyone else get the same feeling? I write out all of my hopes and goals for the New Year, and I end up self-sabotaging. This week has been a little crazy, and my mom had told me, “Take two minutes every day to center yourself and be at peace with the day.” This already had been one of my New Year’s resolutions but I never followed through. So today, I found my quiet place, closed my eyes, and allowed myself 120 seconds to just breathe. To plan for a successful day and to be prepared for any obstacles. After about one minute, my mind began to get distracted. Is that crazy? I can’t sit still for sixty seconds because I’m already planning what I need to be doing later on in the day/week/month. I thought of all the things I wanted to accomplish this year, and how I haven’t taken the time to really fulfill all those goals partly because I haven’t given myself time to reflect on them. The worst person you can break a promise to is yourself. So after I took two minutes for myself, I decided to go back over what my resolutions were and I came up with something called: solutions to the resolutions. (Catchy, I know.) Here’s my list of ways to help get back on track with those New Year’s intentions.

First and foremost, it’s not too late to follow through on your resolutions. Some of you may be thinking, it’s April, I was supposed to be 10 pounds lighter, read 8 books, ran a marathon, whatever it may be, by now. But it’s not too late to adjust your goals and begin again. Who decided January 1st was the only day to begin new resolutions?

“I don’t have the time or money to do what I wanted to do.” I completely understand and relate to this one being a college student and being someone who feels a need to buy something at nearly every store. Set a time every day to do what you need to do. For my writing, I walk up three days a week at 6:30/7 to jot down new ideas and get some blogging time. If it’s exercising, pick a time you know you won’t be able to say, “I’m too tired”, or “It just doesn’t fit in.” For money issues, reevaluate what you are spending your money on. For me, buying four coffees a week and constant lunch dates meant spending more than I even knew I was spending. Budget your money, and set a goal. “By the end of May, I want to have $200 dollars saved for my next trip.” 

Set reasonable and attainable goals. And when writing your goals, word them so they seem more attainable. If your goal was to lose 60 pounds this year, write “I want to lose 5 pounds every month.” Seeing “I need to lose 60 pounds” on your resolution paper makes it seem like such a big obstacle and almost unattainable. Breaking resolutions down into smaller time frames helps achieve them and keeps your eyes on the prize. 

Sub-resolutions. In order to reach our resolutions, we must have steps to get there. If you want a raise at work this year, your sub resolutions may be putting in extra time on the company presentation, staying late to help staff once a week, socializing with clients more, etc.

Inspiration board. After writing your resolutions, post them EVERYWHERE.  Well maybe not everywhere, but in places you know will help you remember. On your bathroom mirror, on a bulletin board, put a reminder in your phone. I love inspiration boards: put pictures of those who inspire you, your favorite quotes, and anything that makes you remember why you are doing what you are doing.

Use your resources. If you don’t have money for a gym membership, run outside, or look up at home workouts. If you have a friend in a business you want to get in, ask how they got started. If you want to read better, google tips. If you want to travel, get some friends that will split the expenses and tag along. Unless you are actively letting people know what you are working towards and what you need help on, they can’t help you. 

Don’t forget to celebrate yourself! You are actively working towards something, even reading this post shows you care about yourself and your needs. Don’t forget to tell yourself how awesome you are. Maybe have a reward system. A dollar in a jar every time you work out, a special dinner when you get that promotion, a trip once you budget your money and can travel. We can’t just want to change who we are, we have to celebrate the journey it take to get there!

Happy Wednesday!!!

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