“For a change, don’t add new things in your life as a New Year’s resolution. Instead, do more of what’s already working for you.”
A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter in your life and a perfect time to write out your resolutions—or is it? By the end of a year, only 9% of those who set New Year’s Resolutions feel they are successful in accomplishing them.
There are several reasons individuals aren’t successful with New Year’s Resolutions. Failure comes from not setting realistic goals, not holding yourself accountable, and then we have unexpected life challenges that throw us a curve ball. Yeah, remember 2020?
So, this year, instead of shouting to the world that you are going to lose 20 pounds, your are going to drink less during the week or that you are going to travel more—try one (or all) of these 4 alternatives instead.
1. I’d like to buy a vowel: Choose one word that defines what your focus will be. This doesn’t have to be for the full year, start with January and if you want to change up your word, that’s perfectly ok. Reflect on this word each day and why you chose this word.
2. Get uncomfortable: Create a monthly challenge that pushes you outside your comfort zone. Read 1 book a week, walk for 30 minutes every day, turn my phone off at 8:00 P.M. every night. Whatever makes you a little uncomfortable, but so proud for accomplishing.
3. I want to thank you: Practice gratitude. Daily gratitude can help reduce depression and anxiety, and start your day off on the right foot. Gratitude journaling or even spending a few minutes in bed each morning listing off the things you are grateful for.
4. What’s in this jar: Write down different goals that are very specific vs broad. For example, rather than saying lose weight, write a goal to drink 64 ounces of water today or don’t eat out this week. Fold them up and put them into a jar. Pull one out and when you have achieved it, celebrate and pick a new one.
Some changes in our lives come through the work we do consciously—making New Year’s resolutions, intention setting, or actively defining direction for ourselves. However, other changes happen subconsciously, subtly and gradually—bringing you more clarity and joy without even realizing it.
Sometimes you often don’t see how much you’ve accomplished or grown until you pause have the chance to look back at how far you’ve come.
As you turn the corner into this new year, celebrate what you have accomplished and be excited about what is to come and who are you already becoming.
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