It’s already nearly two weeks into 2017. Statistically, most resolutions that were made will be broken. A good portion, already so. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on them entirely. Just because you’ve had a blip, or maybe you haven’t even started working toward your goal, it doesn’t mean that the other 50 weeks of the year are automatically written off. You can just pick yourself up and start again. Why discount 50 weeks of progress, just for two of inertia?
Resolutions are there to be reminders of our self-improvement. We get to re-evaluate ourselves every 12 months and decide what we should aim to work on, to be kinder, healthier, happier. Of course, it is only a promise to you, in most cases no one else will be affected if you make a non-attempt. But you will be. If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to follow through, even on arbitrary promises, because if you don’t respect your own word, how you expect others to?
It is also probable that you didn’t bother making any resolutions. After all, 2016 has widely been held as not such a great (read: actually terrible) year for a lot of people, for a lot of reasons. From the loss of so many famous faces in all aspects of public life, to the frequency of terror attacks, to the election of some questionable people across many governments, to any number of personal reasons – surely this year can’t be so bad, even if you do nothing to help yourself along. And who knows? Maybe it won’t be. Maybe this year won’t be one that we can’t wait to be through with. Perhaps humanity will turn over a new leaf, and we’ll all smile and be kind and agree to peacefully disagree. But how can we expect this to happen by itself?
Anyway, here’s my top five for keeping your resolutions on track:
- Keep track of your progress on a calendar, whiteboard, app or something. This can help keep you going when everything seems pointless.
- Make yourself accountable for whatever it is by telling people. Tell your mum, partner, bestie, or, if you’re brave, online community. If you’ve got someone checking up on you, you’ll feel more obliged to keep it up.
- Create a plan of how to achieve your goal. It’s much easier to lose five kg by exercising and eating healthy, than just by saying you’re going to. If you’ve got a strategy you can break
it down so it’s much less scary.
- Let yourself slip up. Everybody makes mistakes, and that’s okay, just make sure you pick yourself up and keep going – rather than letting the mistakes define you.
- Remember why you thought this was important to begin with, and what you wanted to get out of it. It might be hard, but you wouldn’t have started if you didn’t have good reason. And besides, imagine how great it’ll feel on December 31, knowing that you are one of a select group who actually accomplished what they set out to 364 days prior.