Raise your hand if you made a New Year’s resolution and already backed out. Yeah, me too. Last month, I wrote down all of these awesome resolutions and shared them with you. I’ll admit, I’ve had a little bit of trouble trying to conquer these dumb things, but I have a question. Who decided to only make resolutions at the beginning of the year?! I say the goal that we set at the beginning of the year should be just that, a goal!
Here are the resolutions I made for this year:
- plan out healthy meals weekly
- Exercise at least 4 days a week
- Wake up at around 7:30 to start my day
- do something “off-routine” at least once a week
- Visit a new place in the area at least 2 times a month
- Write 3 blog posts a week
- Try a new hobby for a month at a time every month
Do you see the issue with this list? It is way too much to take on at one time! Maybe if I didn’t have an actual job, social anxiety, or ingrained laziness.
This is more of what I did through January:
- planned 1 week of meals and didn’t follow through
- exercised once or twice a week
- I think I woke up at 7:30 once, maybe twice.
- I did something “off-routine,” I think 3 times last month with my sister or by myself.
- I only visited 1 new place right after I made that resolution.
- I’ve been slacking on writing blog posts. I’ve published 7 before this one and I was supposed to have done about 15 by now. I suppose that’s not as bad as I thought.
- I was going to try to get into puzzles, but I didn’t even do one 100 piece puzzle. I DID learn how to do a Rubix cube, so I guess I’ll count that.
So what is this goal idea?
What if instead of beating ourselves up for not accomplishing our resolutions, we try our best to get to that point by the end of this year. If we have a lifestyle that we want to be living, we set up little goals to get closer to living in that lifestyle. So instead of feeling really bad about myself for not posting 15 blog posts or going to the gym 4 times a week, I’m going to try my best to get to that place. Maybe that means I post once or twice a week and I go to the gym twice a week this month. Then when I get into that routine, I workout and post more. Make sense?
By the end of the year, I should be living the life I want to live. That’s been my goal all along. So when the next year comes around, I’ll be able to say that I’ve conquered my resolutions. Not many people can say that! Maybe you’re too overwhelmed by your resolution. That means you should make it smaller. It’s better to slowly reach a goal than to quickly stretch yourself out too far and miss it completely. We’re supposed to enjoy life, not make it more stressful for ourselves.
Remember the why
If you made a resolution and you are still going at it, congratulations! Keep up the good work. However, if you made a resolution and you have been slacking a little bit, there’s still hope. Some of you have made a resolution and you haven’t even started acting on it. Just make it a resolution for tomorrow and get on it! You made a resolution for a reason. The key is to remember the why. That is a good motivator for people to get off their butts. That’s what works for me anyways.
Thank you so much for sticking through. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know! My question for you to answer in the comments is: What is the most outrageous resolution that you have heard of?