We are already one month into the new year, which means it is just about time to tackle those New Year’s resolutions. We all have different things we want to accomplish in the new year. Some of us want to work on our health and fitness. Some of us want to work on our relationships. Some of us just want to improve our mental health all around.
Regardless of what your resolutions are, it is important to take the time to take the proper steps to work towards them. You aren’t going to achieve your resolutions overnight, things take time. If you haven’t started your resolutions, let yourself off easy, it’s been a difficult year for everyone. But whenever you feel you are ready, here are 6 steps to achieve your New Year’s resolutions:
- Do one thing at a time
You might be tempted to tackle all of your New Year’s resolutions at once, but that is only going to make things harder on you in the long run. No one can realistically handle that many things at the same time.
Instead, do one thing at a time. If one of your goals is to wake up earlier, start with just that one and then work your way up to tackling more. Remember, slow and steady always wins the race.
2. Write a list
Making lists will be a total game changer when it comes to your New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes, jotting things with pen and paper and seeing the words in front of you makes achieving them seem a whole lot easier.
Make a list with all of your resolutions and what you are going to do to achieve them. To make journaling even more exciting, buy a notebook that fits your style so you will be more tempted to actually write in it.
3. Plan ahead
Achieving your goals is not going to happen overnight. It is most likely going to be a process that takes a lot of planning. For instance, if one of your resolutions is to get more into fitness, make sure you have the means to do so. That means buying workout clothes, the proper gym equipment, men’s athletic shoes, etc. Once you gather everything you need to start working out, you will feel more motivated to actually get started.
4. Start small
Do not assume you will be able to achieve your goals quickly and easily. If your goal is to read more, don’t assume you can read an entire book in one night. If your goal is to eat healthier, don’t assume you will just wake up one morning craving only vegetables.
Instead, think more realistically and start small. Start with reading a few pages every night, instead of going for the whole book. Start with drinking a green smoothie a couple of times a week, instead of eating only vegetables all day long. Start with small accomplishments and work your way up to the bigger things.
5. Pick a date
Sometimes we need timelines and dates to really motivate ourselves to get started. And to do so, you need to pick a date. Buy a calendar, put it up in your bedroom, and circle the date that you want to get started on one of your resolutions. So when that date comes, it will be staring at you right in the face when you wake up and you will feel ready to get started. Pick a date and try your hardest not to change it.
6. Tell yourself you can do it
The only one stopping you from achieving your New Year’s resolutions is yourself. So stop doubting yourself and start telling yourself you can do it! You have complete control over your choices and if you really want to change something in your life, then you just need to go for it. Let yourself off easy and let yourself have bad days, but at the end of the day, remind yourself that you can do it.
Achieving your New Year’s resolutions will not happen overnight, but with time and dedication they will all happen. Remind yourself that you are capable of achieving anything you set your mind to, and the world is full of opportunities.