2019 is fast approaching, and with it the dreaded New Year’s resolutions. We seem forced to make resolutions, knowing all too well that we’ll most likely break them before February even hits. But resolutions are a good thing to be aware of; they just need to be practical and attainable. Let’s take a look at how you can get the most out of the new year.
To begin with, take stock of your personal values. These reflect the kind of person you are and the kind of life you want to live. New Year’s resolutions need to accommodate these values. Most people can’t make an extreme change when it comes to values, so it’s best to work with what you already have and build on them.
If you value family, then perhaps a good resolution is to visit your family more often. If you value financial freedom, then think of ways to either increase your income or to cut costs. The important idea is that you are aware of the values that make up your unique self and you try your best to keep them alive.
Instead of thinking of resolutions, think of goals. Resolutions have this connotation that complete changes need to be made. Goals, on the other hand, build on what you’re already working towards. They also have milestones that you can accomplish along the way. Make a list of short-term goals and long-term goals. Then, prepare steps to meet them. The more work you put in ahead of time, the more successful you will be.
You are not in this alone. A new year can be about reaching out to others. Joining a book club, a fitness group, or a brunch club. Meeting new friends or spending more time with old friends. A new you is about being the best you can possibly be, and that usually requires the support of others.
One of the best ways to celebrate the new year is to take time for yourself. You can pause and regroup after the hectic holiday schedule. Head to the spa, get a new hair style, and pamper yourself. You’ll feel better about what you want to accomplish and have more energy as well.
Start at the Beginning
If you’re ready for a new year and a new you, you might be unsure of where to start. The best place is at the beginning. Invest in a calendar, agenda, or phone app so that you can commit to your goals and resolutions. Talk with friends and family and make a plan together. It’s important to look at end goals, but also break everything down so that it’s not overwhelming. Your new you isn’t a total transformation. It’s just finding the best version of yourself to shine.