The new year is here! It is one of the best times for that “fresh start, clean slate” mentality.
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions in an effort to strive for betterment in many aspects of our lives. Many of us also find ourselves failing at our resolutions and thus just giving up completely.
Here’s a few Do’s and Don’ts for your New Years Resolutions for 2017.
DO make a resolution (or resolutions!)
Goal-setting and self-improvement is always a good idea, new year or not, but the new year (and the holidays finally being over) serve as stellar motivation for a new goal. What would you like to resolve to do in the new year? Get back on your fitness regiment? Read a book? Try a new restaurant? Travel? Resolve to do it in 2017!
DO write your resolution down
Sure simply thinking of a resolution works, too, but there is just something so solidifying about putting pen to paper. Write down your resolution as a permanent reminder of what you intend to do. To really make an impact, put your resolution somewhere where you will see it often, so that you are constantly reminded of what you want to accomplish. “Out of sight, out of mind” is very much a thing and conversely, if you see something frequently you are much more likely to focus on the task.
DON’T make your resolution ‘all-or-nothing’
If you’re resolving to get back on the diet train or hit the gym five times a week and you end up having a big ol’ slice of pizza and a lot of wine or you skip the gym four days in a row… that’s okay. Don’t let any slip-ups get under your skin. Simply start over the next day. You’re a human-being, you aren’t perfect (NEWSFLASH: none of us are) so slip-ups and mistakes are bound to be made… but it doesn’t mean you should give up on yourself and your goals. Nope! If you mess up, just dust yourself off and keep at it.
DON’T doubt yourself
How many times have you said, “Well I never make it through January, so we’ll see how it goes this year…” or something of the like in regards to past resolutions? We all let past failures play a part in our perception of present resolutions. “Oh I never keep these, so I won’t keep this one either.” Y’all, let me tell you… your perception shapes your reality. If you go into the new year thinking your resolution won’t even see the light of day come February… it really won’t. Instead, tell yourself now that this is an ongoing, always improving resolution and this year will be different. Tell yourself that 2017 is YOUR YEAR and you will accomplish everything you resolve to do in 2017. This belief in yourself will make all of the difference.
What are you resolving to do in 2017? Share your resolutions with me! 2017 isn’t ready for all of the light + high vibrations we are going to take into this new year. Let’s shine brighter, laugh louder, and love more… together!
Happy New Year, y’all!