How to Deal: New Year’s Resolutions

Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklersHello there everyone and happy Friday! I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas with their loved ones. It’s  hard to jump back to reality after the holidays; it’s something I have struggled with over the years, especially now that I’m older.

Today I want to share a new “How to Deal” post on New Year’s resolutions. 2014 is just around the corner, which is crazy to think about, but it’s important to set goals for the new year. Settings goals in general is a great habit to start, especially if you have never done it before.

Here are some of my tips regarding New Year’s resolutions.

Be Realistic.

  • Don’t set goals that are unachievable based on your circumstances. For example, if your goal is to get married and have children, but you aren’t in a relationship, it unrealistic to plan out major life events without key components of that goal. Don’t hold back on your dreams, but it’s important to stay logical.

Start before January 1st. 

  • If you want to work on your health, don’t binge drink and overeat the days leading up to January 1st. It’s best to ease yourself into your goal a few days ahead of time instead of giving up sweets and working out for three hours a day all at once.

Watch your Wording.

  • When you write out goals, be cautious of the way you word them. For example, don’t write, “I’m going to give up sugar, carbs and dairy, so I can lose 40 pounds.” Instead, write, “I want to improve my health.” This way, you’re not creating limits for your goals and you can focus on all aspects of your health instead of the number on the scale.

Time is Key.

  • Set realistic time periods for you to complete your goals based on the difficulty of each goal. For example, if you want to improve your health, you need the full year to dedicate time and energy to that goal. However, if your goal is to find a new job, set a time period that’s best to focus on that goal. You’ll achieve more goals if you break them down by months, weeks, etc.

Don’t be too Hard on Yourself. 

  • Don’t tell yourself that you want to be the perfect spouse, girl/boyfriend or employee because we are all human. We make mistakes. It’s a part of gaining experience and learning more in life. Don’t aim for perfection. Aim for improvement. Any progress is better than no progress.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post on how to deal with New Year’s resolutions. What are you top five goals for the coming year? Leave comments below because  I’d love to read them all! I hope you all enjoy your weekend and as always, I will talk to you all soon.