With 2013 coming to an end, now is the time when the ambitious begin to think of their upcoming resolution for the new year. Have you started to think of yours? Do you even attempt to make a resolution? We have conjured up a few tips for making your New Year’s resolutions. Good luck!
1. Make a resolution to make a resolution. Have you convinced yourself to not even make a resolution, remember that the ones you made in the past “failed?” Well, just because the resolutions you made in the past did not work out, does not mean that the future ones will end the same result. No change can be made without setting the goal to make the change.
2. Resolve for something you want. Sit and think hard about the changes you want to make. Don’t think about what you “should” do, but what you “want” for yourself. If you focus on a resolution you are passionate about, the more likely you will be able to stick to it.
3. Start small. Use the new year as an opportunity to focus on one or two behaviors you would like to alter. We like to be ambitious and create a list of actions–exercise, eat healthy, spend less money–whatever that list may be, but the more you put on your plate, the less likely you may succeed. Choose a few resolutions (or even just one) to attain.
4. Create a measurable resolution. The resolutions listed in number 3? Those are not good examples. Alter your resolution so that you can keep yourself accountable. Rather than saying “exercise,” say “exercise at least 3 times a week.” Rather than saying “eat healthy,” say “no junk food past 7 PM.” Rather than saying “spend less money,” say “only visit the mall once a month.” Whatever it is, cater it to you and what you need.
5. Share it. Whatever your resolution is, tell someone. Write it down. Scratch it into your mirror. Do what you need to do to make sure that you see it or someone will help hold you accountable. Once you put it out there for the whole world (or your family and friends) to see, there’s no going back. You’re stuck!
6. Forgive yourself. If you fall off, get right back up. Again, just because you failed once does not mean it should or can happen again. Give yourself grace and integrity to begin again.
7. Start now. There may have been times when making resolutions have been scoffed at and when people have heard, “Why make resolutions at the end of the year? If you want change, start now.” While that statement may be true, it is important to note that simply, we need a reminder–just as with any other holiday. Take Thanksgiving: gratitude should be expressed daily, not just on one holiday. But the truth of the matter is, we are not perfect and sometimes we need that day or that holiday to remind us. So allow the new year to serve as that reminder for you–to make change. But that statement above is still valid. If you know what your resolution is, then why not make a head start and start today? Tomorrow? Next week? You will be one step closer.
Good luck! And if you are looking for a way to commemorate your resolution, sign up for the San Diego Resolution Run 15K and 5K!