Guide to how to set New Years and actually stick with them

Most people, after the gingerbread cookies and Christmas shopping comes to an end, begin to think about the fast approaching new year. Most people make a list of goals based on the previous years successes and failures and decide where they can better themselves. Or, if your like me, you dismiss the idea of setting new years goals all together knowing it will probably be another thing you give up a few day into the year. So why make yourself needlessly feel like a failure.

This year is different. The reason why is that I know changes need to be made. I cannot be goalless, not knowing what I’m doing day to day much less next semester. I need to get on top of my game like I know I can. The blogging about it will hold me even more accountable.

For me my goal, if I were to dream big, would be to be perfect. Create a successful blog that has readers, create and stick to a morning and night schedule. Work out mornings 3-4 times a week, more protein and less sugar, loose 20lb, Take more pictures of my crafts and projects, create and stick to a cleaning schedule. Since these are unreasonable, instead I will not make my new year impossible to succeed. I shall compromise with reality and try to hit the gym 2-3 times a week in the mornings, write everyday even if it is for myself, take pictures and post to my social medias at least 2x a week, and establish a morning, night, and cleaning schedule that I can use to guide my days.

Now how am I gonna stick with this? Well, for one, they say it takes 21 days to form a habit so I may as well start now and conquer the hardest part during the first few days of the new year. We’ve all gone on our new years kicks but usually they soon die out. If I start leading up to the new year, I have about a week already under my belt of routine.

Next, incentive. My friend has been bugging me to create a inspiration board with her and she has a point. For each change in the new year you’d like to make, create some sort of reasoning or place to look back at when feeling discouraged. It doesn’t have to be an entire mood bored it can be just a list of why you are making these changes. To help your health, to be more productive, to be able to look back and see how far you’ve come. Just write down every reason this is worth the struggle you may face in maintaining your resolutions.

Make it fun. Let’s admit it, the first few days are the easiest. You feel sore or tired but you also feel successful and full of optimism. it’s the 4-7th day when it seems to loose steam. So make those days fun in some way. Find a workout buddy or plan for those days to be difficult. Sign up in advance to go to a yoga or spin class one of those days, plan a healthy meal, clear a time to sit down with a cup of coffee and just look at how much you have done. You’ve already gotten farther than most people with their new years resolutions.

Remember that you are the only thing standing in your way. Each day is a battle. You fight the same fight until it is no longer your enemy. Conquer your resolutions this year. Don’t let another year pass you by.

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