I hope everyone had a fantastic end to 2016! You know, as good as the end of 2016 could ever be, if you’re into labeling it as the worst year ever. Thankfully we have something new and unblemished to look forward to! It’s the time of the year where most people are ecstatic about life and strangely optimistic. You can shamelessly check out your horoscope forecast for the coming year and reinvent yourself with no questions asked.
I love the start of a new year for those reasons alone. It’s fresh, and you can put any type of stamp on it that you wish. Unfortunately, those feelings generally go away in the first couple of weeks. We get lost in our everyday lives and the drama that life inspires. I saw a Buzzfeed article on “Rememberlutions.” The gist of the article is that instead of making resolutions that are unattainable or that you lose interest in, you write down all the little achievements that you accomplish throughout the year and place them into a jar. Then at the end of the year, or whenever you need a boost, you look at what you’ve put into the jar. I think this is a brilliant idea, and I can’t believe I didn’t find this sooner. At least with this, you can skip the guilt you’ll feel when you don’t fulfill your resolutions for the year. You can track all the wonderful and awesome things you’ve done.
For the die-hard resolution makers out there, here are some tips that can help you fulfill your goals:
- Write achievable goals. I know this one is a cliche and everyone says this, but it’s true. If you write down something easy to attain, you’re much more likely to complete it. So if you want to be a millionaire by the end of the year, that’s great, but if you’re working retail, it’s most likely not going to happen – unless you happen to win the lottery.
- Write concrete goals. I’ve found over the years that when my goal for the year is vague, it doesn’t get fulfilled. You need to know precisely what you want. For the longest time, I would set the goal of being healthy, but I’d never specified what that meant to me. So I broke it down over the last few years into categories, such as mental health and physical health. For example, this year, one of my goals is to register for and run in a 5K run, which will result in me becoming healthier.
- Ask for help. Get some help from friends and loved ones as you complete your goals. Having someone to cheer you on or to provide emotional support increases the likelihood of you achieving your goals.
- Review your goals. Look over them at the end of the year or as many times as you need to. It’ll help keep you on track. Plus it’s great to see how far you’ve come.
- Don’t beat yourself up. If you don’t complete a goal for the year, don’t be harsh with yourself. Life is complicated, and it can get in the way. You always have the next year to complete that goal, and you can always revise it to make it easier to achieve. For example, I failed my resolution to become a vegetarian every year that I make it. Instead, I just make it a priority to eat less meat, and it’s easy to do.
- Do something new or challenging. This one is entirely optional, but I always like to try to set a goal to get me out of my comfort zone.
Those are my tips, and they work pretty well for me. I hope everyone has a great year ahead and that you finish those resolutions in the upcoming year.