It’s beginning to look a lot like… Christmas? No, unfortunately not.
It’s beginning to look a lot like… Summer? Still no. Sorry.
It’s beginning to look a lot like… The time of year when people across the globe analyse their shortcomings in great detail, to comply with that oh-so-horrible phrase: “New year, new me’? Yep, that sounds about right.
New Year’s resolutions are presented as the perfect start to the potentially-perfect year: the year where you will make hundreds of new friends, learn a foreign language, become a world-famous novelist and travel the globe. And whilst, of course, this is never out of the realms of possibility, the likelihood is you are setting yourself up for at least some disappointment.
Hence, I have listed (what I think are) the top three tips for keeping attainable New Year’s resolutions.
Firstly, choose your resolution well.
In the long run, it will be much more beneficial if you have one specific focus for self-development. So, rather than having a list of 10 random self-improvement ideas that essentially ruminate over your personal inadequacies, you could choose one achievable resolution.
Secondly, track your progress.
If you write down every time you go to the gym, or every time you get to bed before midnight, then the sense of achievement and progression will help to motivate you to carry on.
For example, if your resolution is to become a better runner, then being able to look back when you could only run for three minutes will seem a lot more impressive when you can eventually run for twenty minutes.
Finally, don’t be scared by setbacks.
Everyone needs a break sometimes. If you accidentally eat a whole pizza instead of a bowl of quinoa – don’t feel defeated or frustrated, just carry on and acknowledge that you probably really needed that treat.
Because, we are all only human. And not eating pizza for the next year, in my opinion, doesn’t sound all that fun.
Nevertheless – good luck. 2019 is waiting for you.