Every new year, hundreds of millions of people across the globe take on new challenges for their new year. For most people, it doesn’t work out and they laugh it off saying, “there’s always next year!”
That doesn’t have to be you.
The key to being successful in achieving New Year’s resolutions is creating realistic, obtainable goals. Going out and telling everyone, “I’m going vegan and ridding myself of all unnatural sugars.” isn’t feasible for most people, and is just going to put too much pressure on yourself. Here are 6 achievable yet practical resolutions you should consider.
#1 Read More
For this one, your goals can be set by you, which makes it great! If you know you don’t have a lot of time, and you probably can’t spend the entirety of your weekends cuddled up reading, limit yourself. If you do have a lot of time and want to get into the world of books, try to do something like reading 20 books in a year.
The benefits of reading range from strengthening your brain to reducing stress, and it may even help you live longer! Taking up this hobby can be extremely beneficial, and may even spark new interests like writing your own stories. There’s no reason not to try it.
#2 Learn a New Skill
Learning to do something you don’t know how to do can be tedious and frustrating, but once you master it, it feels like you are on top of the world. Whether you want to learn how to sew or paint, you can do whatever your heart is drawn to.
Need some inspiration? Here are some great skills to learn: knitting, embroidery, cooking, pottery, hula-hooping, woodworking, graphic design, tap dancing, or even how to do the flying trapeze! There’s so much room and flexibility for learning a new skill. You will never be bored when you are painting a Van-Gogh while hula-hooping!
#3 Take on a New Language
Did you know over 6,000 languages are spoken around the world? French, Latin, Spanish, Irish, Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, and German are only some examples. Knowing how to speak multiple languages is extremely practical and will help you almost everywhere. You can also feel more connected to that specific language’s culture.
If you take upon this endeavor, in a couple of years, you could find yourself ordering a croissant fluently at a French bakery. To get started, I highly recommend the free app, Duolingo. It keeps you motivated and has an extensive curriculum. Learning a new language is great for critical thinking and problem solving, and it’ll make a fantastic resolution.
#4 Start Saying Positive Affirmations
Waking up every morning and saying “today is going to be great” is the right way to start your day. Phrases like that are called ‘positive affirmations’ and are taking the world by storm. Using affirmations is a good way to boost your confidence and control some of your negative feelings.
Saying something like, “I can do this.”, “I will rock this presentation.”, or “Today, I will finish that project.” can be extremely helpful when it comes to being mentally prepared and strong. Saying these short phrases may lead to you developing a more optimistic mindset and a stronger sense of poise.
Affirmations are a simple tool to make your life all the better. Pinterest is a good resource to find some phrases. Once you make this a habit, you may be able to come up with your own!
#5 Eat a Good Breakfast
There has long been a debate over whether breakfast is actually the most important meal of the day, but nonetheless, eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast is key. When you’re powering up for the day, you shouldn’t be eating sugary, not-filling foods; you’ll find yourself feeling crummy and slow. You want to have energy, you want to feel strong, and eating well will do that for you.
It can be hard to make something every morning, but meals like overnight oats exist and are delicious! If you do have time to make something, take advantage of it and whip up some eggs, make an avocado toast, or eat some Greek yogurt with granola. Trust me, even though you might want to eat Lucky Charms at first, the way healthy eating makes you feel will make you forget all about your old, unhealthy habits.
#6 Begin Exercising
Taking on an exercise is one of the most popular and failed resolutions. There’s a simple way to stay on top of your goal and not burn yourself out.
You need to stay realistic.
The moment you go out there and run a marathon with no experience will be your downfall. Create a sustainable goal while also challenging yourself. If running is what you want to do, do it! Swimming, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and cycling are also options. Pick a type of exercise you want to do and write out some sub-goals for it.
For example, I want to start running. I’ve decided that I want to try to run 7 miles a week and run two 5k races this year. For me, that’s not super easy, but at the same time, it’s not overwhelming. Try something like that for yourself and you will find success.
There you have it! 6 terrific New Year’s resolutions you should consider trying out this new year. The hardest part about resolutions is keeping them, but I believe in you. Any time you’re doubting your abilities, remember this: imagine how good you’ll feel at the end of the year when you’ve made it through the entire year without quitting. Everyone else around you will be talking about what resolution they quit while you can share that you stuck with it! You stayed in there, even if it was ever tough, and eventually came out as a better person.
Best of luck, and have a marvelous new year!