Happy New Year Everyone!! I hope everyone had a good 2019.
I am walking into the new year without a single New Year’s Resolution! Seriously! I’ve decided to try something new…
Of course I want to lose weight, stop a few bad habits (like fast food and Energy Drinks), and become a better me, blah, blah, blah… but this year, I am not writing those down as a New Year’s Resolution.
No New-Year’s Resolution Jar for me this year! Usually, at the end of every-year, I write down all my wants, dreams, goals, and stuff on individual pieces of paper and store them in a jar, and then, at the end of the next year, I open the jar to see all that I have accomplished or not accomplished. Surprisingly, it’s not always disappointing, as I do end up accomplishing something.
But this year is different, I mean, major goals like that are a bit too much to carry with you into a new year. Who wants all that weight…I want to float into the new year feeling good, not weighed down by a list of “must-do’s.”
So, I am keeping it light and simple.
“Striving to become a better person than I was yesterday” is something I try to practice daily – a year long thing that will be the only goal-like thing I continue to carry with me into the new year.
The best part, is that 3 months from now, I don’t have to wake up to disappointment that I failed to complete (or even start) a New Year’s Resolution. Instead, I am changing bad habits one day at a time, at my own pace, and little by little. It’s the art of breaking up large goals into smaller, much more realistic, achievable goals.
This year…make goals, but don’t pressure yourself into making them into a “must-do” New Year’s Resolution that must be completed this year (because that’s the heavy expectation of a New Year’s Resolution, making a change right now, this year). That’s not realistic, so just be you and work on your goals at your own pace- you’ll get there, even if, you don’t get there today, tomorrow, or next year, you will eventually get there!
If you want to eat healthier, don’t just give up unhealthy foods cold-turkey. Pace yourself. Slowly transition into healthier eating. I know, because I’ve been trying to give up fast food for years, but today, I am little better than yesterday and that is what counts!
If you want to lose weight, learn to walk before you run. Believe me, jumping into running after years of barely walking is painful (I’ve done that too). Make a step-goal and then, when your body is up to it, do a little more each day.
That’s the problem with New Year Resolutions, we often feel like we have to start a whole new habit immediately and then, when it doesn’t take hold, because it’s a lot of work, we feel like failures and give up.
Not this year! Walk into the new year with a positive attitude, no heavy New Year Resolutions weighing you down, just reasonable goals that you hope to accomplish by the end of the year – not tomorrow. Pace yourself and do a little more than you did yesterday and you will get there. If you fall back 5 paces, it’s okay, it just means you over did it, and start over. Listen to you, not what others say you have to do. This is your year!
So, here’s to brand new amazing year! Follow your dreams, work on some goals, and just be yourself! ❤