New Year, New Me?
I am sure that you have heard the saying “It takes 21 days to make or break a habit.” Here we are, 32 days into the new year. Have you stuck with your new years resolutions? All of them? Some of them? Maybe you’ve forgotten that you even made one. It seems to be a common pattern that people start off strong and slowly fizzle out. The gyms are usually packed during the first week of the year but slowly, people stop coming. Does that sound like you?
Maybe your resolution is already a habit or a routine in your daily schedule… Or you may have already achieved your goal. It is so important to frequently revisit your goals for the new year. This year I have made it one of my goals to stay on track with my goals. By putting them on paper, I hold myself accountable as well as providing myself with a reminder of what exactly I plan to achieve. With that in mind, I can use it as a baseline to determine whether or not I have met my goal or am on track to. It is important to set realistic, specific, and attainable goals. Yes, you should absolutely shoot for the stars! But in the meantime, make small stepping stone goals for yourself. By doing so, you not only reduce the chance of becoming discouraged with your progress, but you also motivate yourself along the way by reaching small milestones.
If you have already achieved your goal for the year, continue to push yourself. Goals are a great way to provide focus and allow us to stretch and grow in ways that we didn’t think possible.
This year, I have challenged myself to simply remain positive and present. There are a million and one reasons why we could be upset or angry throughout our day. The weather, we didn’t get enough sleep, things just aren’t going our way. I’ve come to the realization that most of these things are out of my control. With that, I want to practice channeling my energy and focus on the positive. Sure, college is busy and overwhelming but how fortunate am I to live in such a great country and have the privilege to receive a great education. I have family, friends, teammates, my health and so much more that I should be thanking and focusing my positive energy towards, rather than dwelling on the uncontrollables.
I am also making it my goal for the year to focus on me. Not in a selfish way, but to better myself so that one day I can use it to help others. I want to make use of every second that I have by putting my phone down and connecting with those that are around me. When I have an extra few minutes, I want to use it to stretch my muscles or take a few deep breaths and relax. I want to eat foods that will fuel my body. I want to better my yoga practice so that I can remain patient through the hard times. I want to stay organized so that I am not falling behind in my schoolwork. I want to take in the small things like the beauty of the sunset while I am sitting in traffic. I challenge you to take a second out of your day to look at the glass half full. Take a moment to thank your friends and family, tell them how much they mean to you. Simply utilize your time to the best of your ability because great things can happen when you do so! Lastly, catch yourself being negative or upset towards something that can’t control and find the positive in it… I promise it’s there!
But enough about me… Share below some of your new years resolutions. Have you been sticking with them? Do you use any techniques to do so?