Denver, CO, December 31, 2014 — The New Year has once again snuck up on me. I never believed people when they said time goes faster the older you get. Now that I am in my twenties, the years are flying by and here I am still thinking it is 2013.
Every new year I am faced with the same dilemma; to make resolutions or not make resolutions. I love the idea of resolutions but I have a hard time following through with some of them. I’ve noticed most people don’t follow through. I always see it at the gym the first few weeks following the New Year. I workout year round and it’s not something I set as a goal, it’s just something I enjoy. However, following the turn of the New Year the gym is always packed with new faces and as the weeks go on most of them trickle out and aren’t seen again.
Why is it so hard for us to stay determined and follow through with these goals we’ve set? Life is so hectic these days and a lot of us don’t know where to start or we start and get caught up in day to day activities. Sometimes we just set unrealistic goals for ourselves. Well this year is going to be different. I am setting very specific goals for myself. Now I’m not reaching for the impossible but simply making goals that will push me and force me out of my comfort zone. I have drawn up a list on the best ways to make sure you follow through with your resolutions.
1. Reflect on this past year
In order to make a resolution you need to take some time and reflect on your past. What did you do this last year that you are proud of? What did you do that you are not proud of? Reminisce on all of your favorite and least favorite memories. Thinking back on everything will help you realize what you want to do in the upcoming year.
This one is simple; just journal. Write about what you want to come of this fresh start. Tell yourself where you want to be this time next year. Whatever it is that helps you open your mind and create reasonable resolutions, do that. Writing everything out is a great way to organize your thoughts.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with fifty resolutions. After you journal take the top three to five ideas you had and focus on those. Which goals are most important to you? What is the thing you most want to accomplish in 2015? Let’s face it we all have too much we want to do and too little time. Making two or three resolutions your priority is definitely more feasible.
4. Give yourself reminders
Personally I need constant reminders of my resolutions because I get so caught up in the day to day life and before you know it the year is over. This year I am posting my resolutions on a vision board I have made. My vision board has pictures, quotes and little reminders of everything I want to accomplish. I have posted my “visions” for 2015 in a corner of the board. I will leave my vision board on my night stand so I am reminded every morning and every evening of the goals I have made for myself.
5. Make yourself accountable
Tell your friends about your resolutions, post it on social media, register for that marathon, buy the gym membership… Anything that holds you to your resolution is what you should do. If you tell people about what you want to accomplish you are more likely to keep working for it. If I tell myself I want to run a marathon but don’t tell anybody else I can easily back out of it because nobody knew in the first place. Having the support of your friends or family can also help you reach your final goal.
The best thing about a new year is that it means a fresh start! It is never too late to do something you haven’t tried, see something you’ve never seen or accomplish something you never thought possible. The hardest part is getting started but if you really want something you can make it happen and you have the next twelve months to do it. We all have different resolutions. Whether you want to make an effort to spend more time with family, get in shape, or even just read more, all of our goals are important.
You have the power to improve your life and this year will give you the chance to do so if you work for it. 2015 is your year so make it amazing!