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Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions

By Chechi Amah ’21

The year 2018 is like most other years. We come up with New Year’s resolutions, and for the majority of us, we never seem to follow through. Whatever project, great idea, or personal improvement goal that we want to meet, we just don’t achieve. But this is this year I want you to be successful. Here are some tips to help you with your New Year’s resolutions for 2018!

  1. Start small. Make a resolution that seems doable. If your resolution for the year is to read more, start setting the time to read at least 30 minutes a day.
  2. Less talk, more do. We all love talking about goals and that’s a great thing. But talking about a goal too much may give it a bit too much weight. Start reaching for your goal discreetly and, once you pick up speed, start telling friends about what you’re doing.
  3. Ask for help. Never be too ashamed to ask for help. Your New Year’s resolution is most likely a new thing and will take some getting used to. Getting support from friends and family when you’re struggling is always what matters.
  4. Don’t criticize yourself for every small mistake. Remember that it’s okay to stumble on your way to meeting the goal. Don’t give up because you gave in a couple of times or skip that thing you were going to do. Your effort will have its ups and downs, and the real test is if you stick through the good and the bad.
  5. Avoid excuses. Even if you are used to going to practice, for example, you will still make excuses like “I’m tired” or “I have a headache.” Changing your behavior a little bit over time can definitely help you in the long run when tackling goals. It takes a long time to replace unhealthy habits with healthy habits. It is better to take small bites than to gulp everything at once.

 

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