Resolutions. They’re easy to make and even easier to forget. Don’t keep following the trend of resolution pitfalls. This year, challenge yourself to make a resolution that is true and one that will stick. Avoid these 5 resolution don’ts to help yourself set a clear vision and a lasting resolution.
1. Don’t focus on the negative.
It’s hard to look forward and make changes when you are constantly bringing yourself down and looking at what could be the past as part of the future. Focus on the changes you want to make and the progress you are making. Nothing will change except for the present, so keep your thoughts on the positive that is happening and the fulfillment that will come in the future.
A lot of people do not realize the power their mindset has on their actions. If you set your mind to something and put that mindset into action, what can stop you from getting what you want? Don’t believe me? I dare you to try it.
2. Don’t be vague.
Decide what you want and go for it! Don’t turn this into another “what do you want for dinner” question cycle. It may take some time to figure out what you want your resolution to be this year, but we all have lingering desires just waiting for a reason to be put to the test! If you want to lose weight, how much weight and by when? If you want to say money, how much money and by when? It’s not rocket science. It’s articulating what you want and how you are going to get it. Is this fun yet or is it just me?
3. Don’t set unrealistic goals.
Be realistic about your life and your desires. Don’t swear off something that you love or find conveniently available to you. Focus on small ways to make big changes. Nothing will happen overnight. Say your goal is to lose 50+ pounds this year. Break it down into smaller segments that seem easier to swallow. How about making a goal to lose five pounds in one month? Now, you can visualize realistic steps to get you there.
Maybe your resolution is a bit more short-term. Instead of saying spend less, say that you will cut $30 from your grocery bill or only eat out twice a week.
4. Don’t expose yourself to temptations.
You know what your goals are and you know the elements in your path that can set you back. Don’t let temptations throw you off track. If your downfall is the after work bar dinner, don’t go. If your downfall is snacking around the house, fill the kitchen with healthy snacks. Saying no is only as hard as you make it. Don’t think about it. Just remember, you are stronger than your temptations.
5. Don’t keep it all in your head.
Once you know what you want, don’t keep it all in your head! The first step? Write it down! Whatever it may be. Write it down. This is the first step to put your resolution into action. To keep your plan in action, write out a timeline or track your progress. Seeing small accomplishments throughout your journey will keep you motivated and moving forward. It is also beneficial to tell someone who will help hold you accountable and encourage you to keep going. This year, you can do it!
Let’s make 2016 the best year yet!