We officially have only four days to decide what our 2017 resolutions will be and if you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t begun thinking about yours yet. It can be sort of stressful, because we all know the cliché – no one keeps up the facade of health and morality very long into the new year. And well, most clichés stem from some sort of truth.
The appeal of making resolutions is strong. New year, new me and all that jazz. But there’s really no point if we’re not going to follow through and really change our habits and lifestyles for the better.
So, what can we do?
I really think the #1 reason most resolutions fail is because they just aren’t realistic. One year in college, I swore to myself that I would stop buying coffee because I could get it as part of my food plan in the dining hall. But since we weren’t allowed to take anything to go (and I couldn’t be bothered to wake up early enough to sit down and drink my coffee before class), it wasn’t really a realistic goal for me at the time.
You have to choose goals that you know are achievable. I’m not saying you shouldn’t push yourself a little bit – in fact, I think you should! But don’t set yourself up for guaranteed failure by choosing something currently impossible for you.
21 DAYS = HABIT
If you do something for 21 days straight, it will become habit. I’m too lazy to Google this, but I’m pretty sure that it’s a thing. Let’s say you want to start drinking more water. If you commit to drinking a certain amount every day for 21 days, after that it will feel like a part of your normal routine. There will probably be some sort of hump to get over in the midst of that first month where you think I will never take a another sip of this horrid hydrating drink EVER again! But after you get past that, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start hydrating your body sooner.
It’s easy to be very laissez faire about the whole resolutions thing. I get it. In the long run, you’re only accountable to yourself. And we’ve already seen what that can mean for motivation. But I implore you (and myself!) to take your 2017 goals seriously! Really think about what you want and can achieve in the new year, and give it all you’ve got. Make a monthly plan with tangible steps to achieve your goals, and track your progress. This way, come January 1st, 2018, you’ll have some real improvements to be proud of!
I hope these tips help you craft resolutions you feel good about sticking to next year. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go start thinking about mine! Tweet us your resolutions or comment below, we’d love to hear them!