Typically, a New Year’s resolution is a promise or vow a person makes to themselves to improve on or accomplish within the upcoming year. If you ask your friends about their resolutions, you’ll most likely hear nothing but “go to the gym,” “eat healthier,” “stop procrastinating,” etc. That is because resolutions are meant to motivate people to try to become better versions of themselves. But, have you noticed how rare it is to see a person actually stick to their resolution?
If you plan to make a resolution this year, here are some tips to help you determine your resolution and follow it through to a new you.
The most common mistake when making resolutions is that the pledges are unrealistic. For example, a person vows they’ll start going to the gym every day. Resolutions like these are impossible to keep because they interfere too much with daily life. Going to the gym every day can exhaust a person. It would eventually become too much of a hassle, and the person would ultimately quit going. Make your resolution easier to follow by making it work with your routine. So, try going three days a week instead of seven, although it is kind of unrealistic to even think of going to the gym at all.
Don’t be stressed.
A resolution should follow your normal routine and shouldn’t add any stress to your life. When a resolution becomes more of a burden and less of an encouragement, you become less likely to follow it. To keep your resolution doable, make sure it only enhances and improves your daily life and doesn’t weigh you down with stress.
Have positive intentions.
Resolutions with positive intentions behind them are more likely to be followed. Remember that your resolution is only supposed to help you become a better person than you are currently. Always keep that in mind when making your resolution.
It’s the little things that count.
Take everything in stride. It’s easiest to maintain a resolution when you set up small milestones for yourself to achieve. For example, set a goal to lose 10 pounds every month instead of setting a goal to lose 120 pounds in the year. One massive goal can overwhelm you and seem impossible to achieve. Think of it like a staircase to your goal, and each little step brings you closer over the year.
Know your limits.
Make sure your goal is within your limits. If you know you are unable to save $1,000,000 in a year, then don’t set that as your resolution. Instead, make it something like “I want to save as much money as I can” or put aside a small amount from your paycheck each month.
Be as specific as you can when setting your resolution. “I want to make more money” sounds pathetic compared to “I want to earn a raise of at least $1,000 within the new year.” If your goal is vague, then it is easy to get around it. The more specific it is, the stricter with yourself you’ll be about it.
These are just a few tips to help you stick with your resolutions. Not much feels more satisfying than achieving your goals and completing them like you said you would. Remember these tips for your resolution, and you’ll be the only one of your friends who has completed their resolution by year’s end. It will be the perfect bragging material.
By Brianna Parker, student reporter
Thomas County Central High School