New Years Resolutions have always been a tradition amongst people. They set goals that they want to achieve by the end of the year, but more often than not, they don’t actually do anything to achieve those goals. It is a known fact that many people don’t actually stick to their New Years Resolutions. Instead, they usually list the same resolution for the following year having done nothing to accomplish that same resolution in the previous year.
It is quite evident that 2020 was an incredibly tense year. With the occurrence of a pandemic, racial tensions, political disputes, and the loss of some great actors and athletes, it is safe to say that 2021 could not have come at a faster time. What started as a peaceful year, turned into complete chaos, so don’t beat yourself up for not completing your 2020 resolutions.
None of us honestly know what 2021 will bring, but there is nothing wrong with having a positive outlook on the new year. Since 2020 knocked us on our rockers, I think that we should be more critical of 2021 and be more selective and singular in our choice of resolutions. This means actually being realistic in what we choose as a resolution for the new year.
Even though we are coming into the new year, the issues of the past year still hover over us. I think this year, it is important to set resolutions that you can accomplish while focusing on other things. Creating massive resolution lists can overwhelm you, so think small in this year.
One guaranteed way to completely fail at any resolution is by creating too many or by creating such a big goal that realistically can’t be completed in one year. It’s okay to have various goals and aspirations for your life, but try only picking one resolution this year.
When you pick one resolution to focus on, for the entire year, you can now set up smaller tasks throughout the year to help you accomplish that resolution. These tasks can be as realistic as you’d like them to be.
PLAN IT OUT
It is important to plan how you will complete this resolution. How much do you want to complete in the next week or in one month? You can start by writing out specific tasks for every day or week of the month and working towards completing those. Once you have completed those tasks, you can move on to the next month. If you do this every month for the rest of the year, it will put you so much closer to completing your actual New Years Resolution without all the unnecessary stress.
The key is to write out realistic tasks and it’s okay if it’s only one task per day. In the grand scheme of things, that is 365 tasks you have completed that year. Just make sure that these are tasks you know you can actually achieve without putting so much pressure on yourself.
Make sure that you are keeping track of your progress. Make sure you write down how closer you are getting to completing your resolution. Every small victory is getting you closer to achieving your goal. This will keep you motivated to move onto the next small task.
YOU WILL FAIL! Yeah I said it and I meant it. You will fail because you are not perfect and you will not have a great day, every day. There will be days when you just don’t feel like doing anything, but if you have the right mindset it will not affect the coming days. Don’t try to be perfect because you will fail miserably. Instead, realize that today was not your day and pick your head back up and continue working the next day. If you get into a failure mindset, then you will completely give up and turn your back on the progress you have made.
Resolutions are meant to be fun. They are not meant to be like a job. If you start looking at them like a job, then you won’t complete them. Have fun and find amusing ways to complete your goals. If your goal is to lose 20 pounds, then find a fun dance class that you can do or even find some fun recipes to try. Always make sure you are keeping things interesting.
Be proud of yourself for any task you complete. One you have completed a good amount of tasks, reward yourself. I don’t mean go out there and do anything that will hinder your success, but celebrate every small victory.
What are some of your New Years Resolutions? Share them in the comments below.