Making Resolutions That Last
New Year’s resolutions are thoughtfully created, then left alone and abandoned all too often. This is usually due to one’s unrealistic goal setting or lack of commitment. It’s always hard to change a daily routine because integrating a change into a lifestyle is tough. So how can you make these positive changes effective? How can you make a New Year’s resolution that makes you feel accomplished and strong at the end of the next year? Here are some helpful, easy tips to help you set and achieve attainable goals for the next year:
Be realistic. When setting your goal, make sure it is something that must be worked for and attainable. If it’s too little of a change, you’re more likely to forget about it or blow it off. However, if it is too difficult, time consuming, or stressful, it’s easy to become discouraged and give up.
Take small steps. Rome wasn’t built in a day! Take your time in reaching your goal. Think practically about solid steps to take toward your goal in the beginning. Find ways to test yourself and set dates or checkpoints. Easing into and preparing for change will make it last much longer.
Stay encouraged. Support from your family and friends will make all the difference! Ask them to check up on you and to push you towards your goal. However, don’t forget that you are your own best advocate. Focus on what inspired you to make this New Year’s resolution when you’re discouraged! Trust that you had good cause to make it a goal in the first place and work hard to obtain it.
Stay strong! Make attainable resolutions that are achievable with intermediate goals. Don’t expect to never fail, but never quit reaching for success. Remember these little tips and you will be on your way to a healthy and productive New Year!
And if you need a little help finding the right direction, or getting motivated, the Campus Recreation Center is here to help. Through our Healthy Lifestyle Programs we offer something for everyone!
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” -Edith Lovejoy Pierce