This probably will surprise some, but I am big into resolutions. I think resolving to make profound changes in my life is beneficial and empowering.
It is harder when you are sick, you definitely have to be reasonable. Would I make the resolution to run 5 k every weekend? Um, no way. Would I resolve to walk a little more everyday, taking note of how much I’ve done while giving myself some leeway for pain and illness? Absolutely.
A huge thing with resolutions is to make them attainable and measurable. Being able to account to yourself and your goal. And not quitting if it doesn’t go as planned right away.
The thing with New Years resolutions is you have a whoooole year to make it happen. So even if you lose steam by February, you still have 10 months to figure it out. A resolution isn’t going to be easy, because if it was, then you would already be practising it. All you have to do is try, even just a teeny tiny bit. Little tiny tangible markets are great for this. Every little step counts.
I also make all my resolutions to be positively measured. I think of them as adding more to my life, opposed to taking away or losing something. So I would never make the resolution to “lose weight” or “spend less time watching tv”. Instead, I would make the resolution to “enjoy more delicious vegetables”, “spend more time in nature” or “read more historical fiction”.
You have to want to make these changes. There is no point in making a resolution that you don’t want. Make a resolution about something you’ve wanted to do for a long time. Something that is based on you, not on what society or the people around you feel is necessary.
You need to want it, or it won’t happen. If you don’t want it, you are setting yourself up for failure. And who wants that? Be kind to yourself and do what YOU want and get what YOU want out of life.
I hope these tips help out others who believe in New Years resolutions. I definitely feel like they have done great things for me and have helped me become a better person.
Enjoy the rest of 2015, and look forward to what 2016 will bring.