Friday, December 28 2012
The countdown has begun! Can you believe that we are already preparing to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013? This is the perfect time of year to reflect back on your year - successes, memories, vacations, milestones, and yes, even some of the things you wish you had accomplished but didn't. As is the tradition on New Year's Eve, many of you will be making New Year's Resolutions, and I wanted to share a few tips on setting achievable, realistic, and sound resolutions for the year to come:
1. Start Fresh: Oftentimes, we will look back on old goals or resolutions that were not met, and make them again (losing weight, exercising more, ,etc), but what I would recommend is taking a look at why those resolutions were not met and instead make a new, fresh resolution that may be related to the old one, but is not exactly the same. For example: eat healither rather than losing 25 pounds.
2. Make Realistic Resolutions: There is no need to set resolutions that you cannot, or will not meet, because this only sets yourself up for failure and negative self-talk when you do not meet the resolution. This year, set resolutions that you are confident you can meet, that you feel empowered when you think about them, and that make you feel energized and excited, rather than dread and fear.
3. Make a Plan to Keep Up With the Resolutions: Rather than making the resoltion and then just forgetting about it until October (oops!), write your resolutions down and review them on a daily basis. After reviewing them, make a plan on how you will work towards meeting those resolutions, with both big steps and small ones and then DO IT! When you meet your resolution, cross it off the list and find a way to celebrate!
4. If Your Resoution Doesn't Feel Right, Change It: You may have set your resolution when you were in a different situation that you may find yourself in a few months down the road, so if your circumstances change, then let the change trickle down to your resolution, especially if this will help you meet your resolution more effectively. Try not to worry about failing, or giving up on your original resolution, and instead look at it as an updated resolution for the better.
5. If You Don't Meet Your Resolution It's OK: Really?? Yes. We are all human, and life happens. There are some times when we just cannot, or choose not to, meet our resolutions, and it is important to allow yourself to be ok with this. You are not perfect, and perfect does not exist anyway, and NO ONE has ever met all of their New Year's Resolutions (if they say they have I bet they are lying). Remember, everything happens for a reason, including not meeting New Year's Resolutions :).