New Year Resolutions
Happy New Year!
Sounds a bit strange saying it so far into January. Maybe ‘Congratulations’ or ‘Cheers’ would be better if you’re still implementing your New Year resolutions.
Did I strike a nerve? You haven’t made any New Year resolutions or you’ve already thrown them overboard?
Well, tell me about it! Usually, we think about our resolutions during the Christmas holidays or around the New Year. This time everything was different. Our heating system broke down on December 22. So, to make a long story short, I spent Christmas with my husband, my son and our dog mostly in the living room because we have a fireplace there. Except for the kitchen and the bathroom, which we kept at about 19 to 20 degrees Celsius using electrical heaters, the entire house felt like an oversized refrigerator. The technician from the emergency service couldn’t come before December 28. That meant a whole new challenging adventure for us, which we all accepted. Lucky for us that week in December wasn’t the coldest.
I have to admit, none of us were in the mood for planning a holiday or figuring out and coming up with New Year resolutions.
What are New Year resolutions anyway?
Well, according to this Wikipedia article
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.
What can they be about?
- starting or quitting something like losing weight, drinking less alcohol, stopping smoking, eating less meat or eating more veggies or doing more sports
- some people challenge themselves to do a specific task like, run a marathon, go skydiving, white-water rafting or bungee jumping
- improving your work-life balance
- improving your education, learning something new, reading more books, listening to more podcasts, developing your language skills
- improving your career, doing or getting a better job or establishing your own business
- improving yourself, reducing stress, becoming organized, thinking positive, developing a better mindset, making new friends
Why do we make them?
We want to change or implement a habit or experience something new and exciting.
Although some people make them all year round, i.e. there is no reason to only make resolutions at the New Year. If you want to change something then change it. Don’t wait for a specific date or for the ‘right time’. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today because tomorrow could be too late.
Why do we have problems keeping them?
- Sometimes they are difficult to keep because the challenge is difficult in itself. For example, if you’ve never run before, don’t expect to run a marathon in the first three months. The goal was set too high.
- Sometimes you don’t really want to achieve it.
- Sometimes you just don’t want to leave your comfort zone.
- Sometimes you find out it’s not what you thought it would be. For example, you take up a hobby like fishing because it’s supposed to be relaxing, but find you hate being outdoors.
What can we do to make them achievable?
Imagine your goal is on the other side of a high mountain. You have to climb it and reach the top before you can even see your goal. That’s when a lot of people fail and give up, because they can’t see what they set out to achieve. So imagine you’re hiking through the Alps. The best way is to go from one hut to the other, instead of trying to reach your goal too quickly and going up to the top without a break. After all, your goal is on the other side and if you’re too tired you can fall on your way down.
In order to implement your New Year resolutions successfully, they need to be achievable. By breaking them down into small steps they become doable.
Track them, so you can see your progress, which will motivate you to carry on. Celebrate small goals and reward yourself for your efforts that will keep you motivated too.
Don’t set too many goals at once; otherwise you might end up not reaching any of them. Check out this article for more information on building habits.
Yvette’s resolutions for this year are to reduce plastic consumption and go swimming regularly.
Mine are to spend more time with friends and go back to the gym regularly.
What are your resolutions?
Of course, you can just schedule a call with me too and tell me about your resolutions. Click here to schedule a call now!