Turning Resolutions into Reality.
A recent survey of 274,779 Americans revealed the top 10 New Years Resolutions:
1. Actually doing my New Year’s resolution
2. Trying something new
3. Eat more of my favorite foods
4. Lose weight/diet
5. Go to the gym
6. Be happier/better mental health
7. Be more healthy
8. Be a better person
9. Upgrade my technology
10. Staying motivated
You may be saying to yourself, oh yeah, I would like to do those too.
We are now mid January, and you may or may not be still actively working towards your own New Year’s resolutions.
If you peep back at the top 10 resolutions listed, for the most part, they are broad and general, almost overwhelming.
Instead of thinking about the New Year as coming once a year and being so ambitious with everything we want to accomplish that whole year—instead think of each month as a way to start fresh. Choose 1-2 items you want to focus on that month. When the first of the month comes around evaluate how you did with your resolution, be nice to yourself, and continue to actively work towards making it a habit in your everyday life. Decide if you would like to add another resolution or continue with the one from the previous month.
The way you make your resolutions into reality is by putting together specific steps or “to-do” items that you can actively work on that lead you in the right direction of that broad goal. This does not need to be anything extravagant, it is better to be attainable. Just a 1% shift in our lifestyle can go a long way.
Here are some examples of what I mean:
Resolution: “Be more healthy”
Reality: I will incorporate 2 cups of non-starchy vegetables into my diet daily
Resolution: “Go to the gym”
Reality: I will incorporate a 10 minute walk around my neighborhood after dinner 3 times a week
Resolution: “Be Happier/ Better Mental Health”
Reality: I will start my day with a grateful heart by praying or right when I wake up for 5 minutes focusing on the things in my life that I am thankful for.
You should hold yourself accountable, but if you fail one day or week’s resolution, it is okay—do not give up. One failure is not overall failure.
More times than not we are our own worst critics. Our minds are so powerful, simply believing in yourself can 100% change the outcome, because deep down you know you will succeed no matter how long it will take you.
Love yourself, believe in yourself and keep going. You got this!