Making The Most Out Of Your New Year's Resolutions

Making The Most Out Of Your New Year's Resolutions

Whether you consider it an opportunity to change bad habits or a way to continue cultivating the person you are proud to be, this task of outlining your year may turn out to be more helpful than you think.

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The time has officially come. We have champagne popped our way into the new year & it's time to pick up our pens to write our "New Year's Resolutions". This task of writing down our goals is a way to perpetuate growth within ourselves and continuously leave us aiming higher. Plenty of us know that by the time February 1st rolls around, many resolutions are beginning to fade, but here are a few ways to make the most out of your new year's resolutions.

Be prepared to work for your goals 

Let's be real- if you're a couch potato dreaming of a "healthy, fit new year", you're going to have to work for it. Often times when we create extreme desires for the new year, we leave out the part that draws our path to reach those goals. By creating realistic objectives, we not only have the opportunity to actually achieve them, but also engrave the idea to KEEP GOING. Just like anything in life, goals are something you have to work for- you can't expect them to be placed in you lap. So don't be discouraged if you're not reaching it fast enough, but rather ask yourself, "Is this a challenge I can take on?"

Do a weekly or bi-weekly self check up

When we are passionate about things, we dedicate our time to them. Whether it be an activity, a person, or a subject, our goals should be just as important as our passions. Take, for example, your studies or work- when an assignment is due, we make note of the importance of that deadline, and this time-management strategy can also be applied to our New Year's Resolutions. From setting a reminder in your phone to writing a note on your fridge, there are various ways you can check in on your progress. These reminders can serve as a way to reflect on your growth or alter your plan for the future.

Rewrite your goals in multiple spots

Shoutout to my teachers for proving the importance of reiteration!!! Write your goals on your bathroom mirror, on a sticky note attached to your brush, on the corner of your windshield, or even your work desk. This will constantly remind you of the goals you are working towards one step at a time- from the small ones to the big ones.

Reward yourself

Keep yourself motivated by rewarding yourself when you accomplish a goal. If you are aiming for a healthier lifestyle, reward yourself with a sweet treat once a week. It is important to remind ourselves of not only our accomplishments, but also our failures. Everyone has their own perspective of "reward", so find yours and live for it.

Inform others about your goals

One of the strongest forms of motivation comes from those who surround us. From family members to friends and teachers, there are many people who influence who we are. Find someone who you consider inspirational and inform them of your New Year's Resolutions, ask them to follow up with you to assure your progress, or even ask if they have tips on how you can take the next step towards your goals. This system provides an extra pair of eyes to ensure you achieve your goals.

I challenge you to send an email to your future self at https://www.futureme.org/. You can send it to yourself a year ahead or a specific date of your choice, but the reflection is just for you. Give your future self-goals to accomplish, ask yourself if your year is going as planned, or simply reflect on the person you've become and the reward of continuously growing to be the best that you can be, even when it doesn't start on January 1st.

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us" -Hal Borland


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Mottos To Motivate You In 2018

Mottos to guide you to your best self in 2018.
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As with every new year, it is important to stay motivated towards your goals. This year I have compiled a short list of mottos that are sure to remind you of everything you can accomplish. Remember a New Year is a chance to learn from the last year's experiences, to grow, and shape the person you want to be.

1. "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try"



It all begins with the simple decision to try. Maybe you have a goal you've been avoiding, a dream you've been ignoring, or an idea in your heart, take that simple step forward and go for your it.

2. "When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine."

Negativity can sometimes be inevitable, even if you, yourself are not a negative individual sometimes life can throw you into a negative friendship or situation. This can be both a gift and a curse. Use it to your advantage to learn to be positive through downhill battles. You will only make it out stronger.

3. "Be a voice, not an echo."

I once had a teacher write in my yearbook that I needed to stand up and be counted, those words have forever haunted me but I knew they were true. Even the most humble or shyest of people deserve for their voices to be heard. Share what you're feeling with the world and embrace that individual power.

4. "Wake up, kick ass, repeat."

This motto more easily speaks for itself. Get up early, it's an excuse for coffee right? Do everything you can to the best of your ability and keep pushing forward. It will all pay off eventually.

5. "Darling, don't forget to fall in love with yourself first."



Self Love is so incredibly important. By loving yourself you will be a happier and more confident person. You will take charge of your life and relationships, and will make steps towards goals. All of these things will help to give you a life that you designed.

6. "Work smarter, not harder."



You must work hard to gain results. This is true of all things challenging. Good grades take obedience and hours of studying. Muscles come from disciplined diet and spending time in the gym. Health happens when you make healthier choices. Your dream job will only come when you're willing to start from the bottom and work your way up.

7. "Mistakes are proof that you are trying."

Never discount any life experience, even failure. It all molds and shapes you to be better. Use every rejection of downfall to lead you to where you want to be.

8. "A goal without a plan is just a wish."

While it's super fun to have dreams, its, even more, fun to accomplish them. Find the image of what you want then relentlessly pursue that passion. Make a plan with goals that will slowly help to get you where you want.

All in all 2017 was another year filled with new lessons, experiences, and memories. 2018 can be a year to truly find the person that you want to be, so use it your advantage. Stay true to your values, go after what scares you, try something new, and make 2018 the best year yet.
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Not Everyone Has A Great Start To The New Year And That's OK

New Year's resolutions? Oh, we don't know them. They're canceled!

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It's kind of funny that 48 hours before we rang in the new year I spent however many hours reevaluating my life and creating a more effective daily schedule for me to follow. I looked forward to getting my life together. After all, I pushed through last semester by surviving on such little sleep and Starbucks every single day. My goal in 2019 is to work on becoming a better version of myself.

But, it has not been going according to plan.

January 1st, I slept for most of the day. I got out bed but found myself dozing off on the couch as I watched Netflix. Safe to say that the very first day of the year was nowhere near productive. I mean, I convinced myself that I deserved to catch up on my sleep before I go back to school and work. A few days went by, and I just kept digging myself into a hole. I couldn't escape the situation.

I made a promise that I would use my last week of break working on how I can better execute my goal. I only had so many days left to prep up until the upcoming semester began. I could not let myself go back my old ways of living that caused unnecessary stress and exhaustion.

I wanted to be better. I wanted to be happier. I wanted to be proud.

As much as I hated the fact that I have yet to follow through with my resolutions to achieve my goal for the year, I realized I should not be beating myself for how bad I have been. It's not always a matter of setting the right time or right schedule for yourself to check off whatever it is on your to-do list. I learned that I can't decide a specific time to do some things. They will happen when they are meant to happen. There's no point in forcing something to happen.

I've been taking it day by the day. I figured it would be easier to start with one responsibility at a time, rather than piling up one after another. Having so much on my plate last semester did show me how bad stress can damage a person. You will lose yourself and forget your purpose all at once. I'm too familiar with the feeling of not being myself anymore, and I want to get out of that never-ending cycle.

Making new year's resolutions is always fun. It gives us a type of hope that we'll finally see some improvement in our lives. Many of us are lucky and have an easy time; other struggles as they attempt to make changes. In the end, we will all get to wherever we need to be. The "when" part is not always important, but the "how" will always matter.

I just got to ease up on myself, especially when I already know I'm not the best at juggling multiple responsibilities and whatnot.

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