Truth is, many of us make New Year’s resolutions and don’t carry them out. Not because we’re lazy, but because our resolutions are simply not realistic. It is nice to dream big and set high hopes for yourself, however, starting with small doable goals will give you the confidence to carry out the more challenging ones. Last year an amateur resolution of mine was to “Be nice to everyone.” I go to college with over 6,000 kids, so let’s get real… I’m not going to like everyone I encounter. This year I modified that resolution to be more realistic by saying, “Sincerely compliment one person a day. My second point that I stress is to write down your resolutions! We all know there are benefits to writing down your goals and there are statistics to prove it. According to Dave Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech: People who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t. Also, writing down your goals will refine your thoughts and make you more accountable. If you’re into arts and crafts, make a glitzy poster with your resolutions on it. If you are, let’s just say…artistically challenged, consider making bullet points of your resolutions and setting it as your phone or computer background so you see them everyday. Indie Lee made a Pinterest board of her resolutions.
Let this New Year be another chance to better yourself, from day one to day 365.
What are your New Year’s resolutions?