Happy 2015! It is the brand new year, and many of you may be thinking about setting some goals or new year’s resolutions on the first day of 2015. I have never been a person who sets new year’s resolutions, simply because you don’t always have to wait till the brand new year to set some goals.
Regardless whether it is a new year’s resolution or you are determined to set some targets that you will stick to in the long run, it is important to set the right goals! The right goals will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow as a person. Goals and targets are not meant to discourage you, set you back, and most importantly, it is not meant to be a quick fix for anything.
So, here are some tips for you to set some resolutions for the new year and allows you to stick to it more easily!
1. It should not have a deadline
Your resolution should not have a deadline pegged to it, such as “I will lose ____kg by June”, or “I will get my splits by August”, etc. No matter whether it is a fitness related goal, different people takes different time to achieve their target, and there is never a right or wrong timeline. Setting a deadline can be stressful and can in turn discourage you from sticking to your goals rather than motivating you to achieve them more quickly. Most of the time, it really is not about how fast you reach your destination, it’s about the steps you take to achieve the goal!
2. Focus more on the psychological and the intangible
Instead of looking at a more tangible aspect such as number of kilos you want to shed, or any personal best timings that you want to achieve, try looking at it from a different angle instead. Focus more on what makes you feel good. For instance, look at eating clean or amending your diet to incorporate more veggies as making yourself feel more energetic and alert, rather than the sole focus of weight loss. Similarly, perhaps you want to pick up a new sport to challenge yourself mentally and to put yourself out of your comfort zone. That way, setting new year’s resolutions can do a lot more in terms of improving yourself not just physically, but also mentally as well!
3. Find support
Finding support to achieve your new year’s resolutions can be a great motivating factor. No matter whether it is sharing them with your friends and family, or sharing them with your online community, support does wonders in your journey to achieve your goals. Friends and family can serve to encourage you and provide a positive and supportive community for yourself. Of course, it is also equally important to find people who are reaffirming, rather than toxic! If you do not have someone in your circle, try venturing out and meeting new people in settings that you find yourself most comfortable with. For example, yoga studios, group fitness classes, tumblr communities, crafts workshops, and many more!
4. Do it for yourself!
This is one of the most important points but also one that is often overlooked. It is important to set targets and resolutions that you genuinely want. It is not about what other people want or think! As I said earlier, setting resolutions is a great way to improve yourself not just physically but also mentally, and the ability to stick to these goals in the long run lies in intrinsic motivation. That way, it also makes goal-setting a much more meaningful process for yourself as well! You are worth it, and you deserve to love and better yourself, and to sit down and spend time to write down what you want for yourself in this brand new year!
5. Enjoy the process!
New year’s resolutions, or any goals in general, are meant to be something that you enjoy in the process. Don’t stress out when you feel that you are not on track, don’t beat yourself up over it when you feel that you are not making progress. Take heart, smile and laugh a little! Ultimately, these goals are meant to be a guideline for you to better yourself in this brand new year, it is certainly not be all end all!
So what are my new year’s resolutions?
After sharing some of my tips on how to set better new year’s resolutions, I’m sure some of you are curious about what my own new year’s resolutions are! As I’ve said, I am never a new year’s resolutions kind of person, but I thought since I’m doing this post anyway, it will be fun to list down some of the goals I hope to achieve in the brand new year!
1. I hope to take myself a little less seriously.
I tend to be a worrier – meaning a person who worries a lot. I stress out so much that sometimes I lose sleep at night because I have so many things going through my mind. The first few months of the year is going to be immensely stressful, and I really hope that I will be able to breathe more, stress less, and just have more faith that everything is going to turn out alright.
2. I hope to stick to my guns no matter what.
2015 is going to be a year of change for me, since I will be graduating and I will be finding a job soon! So, I really hope that I will be able to hold this resolution close to my heart as I search for my dream job. I hope it will be something I genuinely love, something I feel for, and something that will never feel like a job to me, simply because it’s my passion.
3. I hope to be a more loving, forgiving, and kinder person.
In this brand new year, I hope to be a more compassionate person to myself and others around me. I hope to be able to be a positive energy to the people around me, and spread the love all around!
So what are your new year’s resolutions? Share them with me below! Happy 2015, and I hope that you have a great year ahead of you! x