New Year's Resolutions Do's and Dont's
Well hello there future and current King’s community!
It's January 1st, New Year’s Day. You know what that means – it's time to set some New Year’s Resolutions that you will forget about within a week and realize a month later that you didn’t keep them, and by that time it will be too late to keep going so you give up until next year! It’s a vicious cycle and sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on what exactly went wrong and made you break your resolutions. While there is definitely no guaranteed solution, there are definitely some ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ when it comes to resolutions that may make or break your chances of keeping them:
- Do think in terms of progress – if your resolution is to “get rich” (university student #goals), then set a resolution to save a little bit each month. If you want to lose the “freshman 15,” make your resolution to work out two times a week. Make your resolutions based on the process that will get you to the end result.
- Don’t pick the first resolution that comes to mind. You have time, so take it and think about what you really want to accomplish over the coming year.
- Do be realistic – set goals that you are genuinely able to reach, and keep it down to a few. If you have a solid set of 5 goals, you can always add to them if you want/need a greater challenge.
- Don’t try to do it alone. Find a friend or family member that you can tell your resolutions to – they will keep you accountable and remind you what you resolved to do and why.
- Do review your progress. If you regularly review the progress you've made, your resolutions will stay fresh in your mind and you will remember to keep them.
- Don’t write your goals on a scrap of paper – put them in your phone, put it on a sticky note by your bed, frame them… Wherever and however you record your goals, make it something that you will see regularly and won’t lose.
- Do believe in yourself. If you believe that your resolutions are within reach, you will have a much greater likelihood of sticking with them. And trust me, you can do it!
- Don’t give up! It might seem difficult at first, but it will get easier! And don’t get discouraged; no one is perfect. If your goals start falling out of reach, take a step back and remind yourself why you set your resolutions in the first place and start again. It’s okay to experience small roadblocks along the way, but don’t give up on yourself.
We make New Year’s resolutions for many reasons – maybe because we genuinely want to change our lives, maybe because it’s just something that you always do. Whatever your reason, if you are successful and keep your resolutions, you will be sure to feel proud of what you accomplished – and hopefully, be a better person than you were before you made them!
So, here’s hoping that we all will have the greatest success this year in keeping our New Year’s resolutions!