I think a lot of people can agree that 2016 is a year they’re looking to forget, and fast. But the question that remains is, how can we make 2017 better? Resolutions don’t seem worth it anymore because we never end up following through with them anyway. Yet, 2016 is the first time I accomplished the resolutions I had set for myself at the beginning of the year.
Here are some tips on how you can make a better 2017 and achieve everything you want.
Write them down.
The first step to following through on your New Year’s resolutions is to write them down. If you like to journal, write them down in your journal. If you prefer using online programs, write them down in a word document or in the notes on your phone.
Something else I like to add is, beside each of my resolutions, I will write down why I want to achieve this particular goal. If you write down a resolution that you don’t wholeheartedly want to achieve, you are setting yourself up for failure. Therefore, if your goal is to lose weight this year, write down why you want to lose weight. Is it because you want to feel healthier? Are you planning a trip later on in the year and you want to look as awesome as possible? Whatever it may be, have a good reason for your resolution. If you can’t come up with a reason for it, then you should probably take it off your list because it’s not something you truly want.
If you think you are going to transition from sitting on the couch every day and eating out every night, to waking up at 5am, going for a run and drinking green smoothies, you are wrong. You need to be realistic about your goals. If you like to eat out a lot, maybe your resolution can be to only go out for dinner once a week. If your goal is to make more time for yourself, try starting with 15 minutes every day and then gradually building up.
Changing your habits or daily routine is hard, and if you expect too much out of yourself, you will be disappointed when you can’t follow through and will ultimately end up quitting altogether.
Remind yourself of them.
Throughout the year, read over your resolutions. Whether it’s every week or every 3 months, make sure to go back and see if you’re actually sticking to your resolutions. Maybe you set a goal that you forgot about or maybe you’ve lost some of the motivation you had at the beginning of the year, be sure to tweak your resolutions as you need to.
If you need to print out your resolutions or make some kind a ‘vision board’ to remind you of them, then do that. Whatever works for you. But make sure to always take a look at what kind of things you wanted to achieve or thought you were going to achieve at the beginning of the year.
Be willing to change.
This one ties into going back to your resolutions throughout the year. When you come up with a resolution, it may seem extremely important to you at that time, but everyone changes and grows. If a resolution is no longer working for you or is something you are no longer passionate about, then be willing to change it. You can either get rid of it completely or change it so it aligns with your current wants and needs for what you want to get out of life. Don’t think that once you write it down it is set in stone. Things change and that’s okay, so be open minded and willing to adapt.
These are some of the tips and tricks that helped me to achieve all of the goals I set for myself in 2016. Although 2016 was a rough year for many due to the political and social issues that occurred, for me personally it was one of my most successful years in terms of personal growth. It was also the only year I accomplished my resolutions. Every other year I would set goals for myself and forget about them within the first two weeks. Ultimately, your success in 2017 is entirely up to you. You can write down as many resolutions as you want, but you’re the one who needs to follow through. If you don’t, the only person you’ll be letting down is yourself.
There’s something refreshing about being given an opportunity to have a fresh start, so for all of the people out there looking for a new beginning, say goodbye to 2016 and prepare yourself to kick 2017’s ass and make it your best year yet!
Featured Image via Katie Fitzsimmons.