So it is now January 4 and most of you have probably already lost your New Year’s Resolution Challenge. Well, I’m here to tell you, do not despair! You can always jump back on the bandwagon, readjust as necessary, and power through 2016. I want to start by saying resolutions should be goals, not life missions. This means some days you’ll win, and some days you’ll lose, that’s okay. I also want to say, they should be focused on a lifestyle improvement. Get healthier physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, all the -allys! those are my two preliminary tips, now let’s get started:
- Be Realistic: If you have been a couch potato for the past five years and your resolution is to work out seven days per week, you’ve asked for failure. Start small, try committing to the gym once per week and maybe taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment because it only makes things worse.
- Be Persistent: As I said before, some days you’ll win and some you’ll lose. Just make sure you win more than you lose. You do that with persistence. One of the more common resolutions is to read the bible everyday. Fantastic in theory, but what about the days when Suzy has dance, Billy has basketball, your spouse has an office dinner, and the church bookclub is meeting at your house. You know those days when five minutes in the shower is a dream. How do you expect to read three chapters of Leviticus on those days? You shouldn’t expect it, you shouldn’t even expect it the day after because you’ll need some recovery time. But when you take these two days off, on day three read your scripture. You don’t have to make up for what you missed just push the timeline back two days. This works on any resolution.
- Get a Friend: Everything is easier when you do it with someone. Find a friend or family member to keep you accountable, encourage you, and support your goal. You can also be that person for them when you have the same goal. Let’s say your goal is to learn a new language. Both of you buy the program and only speak to each other in the language you are learning, study together, and remind one another how great you’re doing.
New Year’s resolutions tend to fall by the wayside by like, January 2. Don’t let that be you, it can be so discouraging. Instead, use these tips to choose and keep a resolution for the entire year. My resolution is to blog everyday. you’re the friend I’m going to do it with. If there is a day (Monday-Friday) when I don’t post something, I want you to fill my inbox and Twitter reminding me to get back to business.
In the comments below, let me know what your resolution is and how you plan to keep it. Also, don’t forget to subscribe for more posts because tomorrow’s will be how to spruce up your water in the new year. Thanks for stopping by, and have a sparkly day!