The Key to All Year Resolutions
To often “New Year’s Resolutions” become “First Two Weeks of January Resolutions.” The idea of a new year helping to yield a new you is an enticing one. New Year’s resolutions are so popular because the end of the year and the beginning of the next is something that we can understand very easily. Each year students graduate to the next grade, people sign new leases for apartments, and we celebrate annual milestones like birthdays and anniversaries. We organize our lives this way, so it makes sense that the most inspiring time to try and change our lives is at the beginning of the year.
Starting a new you in the new year is a noble cause, but anyone who has ever tried it can tell you it isn’t as easy as it seems. January is the month of excitement and vision of a new life, while February usually ends up being the month of abandoned resolutions and missed goals. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
As January fades into February, make sure to count your wins in addition to your losses. It will help motivate you and keep you from giving up on the goals you were so excited about only a month ago. The Huffington Post recently posted an article about doing just that. Let’s talk about a few of the highlights.
Taking a moment to reassess your priorities is one of the best pieces of advice in the article. You may realize a month into your resolutions that you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. It’s hard enough to change one aspect of your life, nevermind five. Think about the one or two things that are most important to you and try to refocus on those going forward.
There’s an old adage that goes something like nothing worth doing is easy. It might be a cliche, but it’s true. If the goals you are trying to achieve are worthwhile, they are most likely hard. The secret is to learn from the process. Instead of lamenting your failures, learn from them. Not only will you feel better about yourself, you will also have another learning experience to use when you get back on the proverbially horse.
Finally, be thankful for what you do have and what you have achieved. If you’re feeling down on yourself, take measure of the positive things in your life. You may not realize all of the people and things in your life that make you happy until you take mental inventory.
For more tips on keeping your New Year’s resolutions all year long, check out the full blog on Huff Post.
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