How To Set A New Year's Resolution That Won't Fail

How To Set A New Year's Resolution That Won't Fail

4 Steps to Achieving Your New Year's Resolution This Year!

It’s that time of year again – the time to set lofty goals that we are all inspired to achieve for about a month and then forget about until this time comes again next year. New Year’s brings with it the desire to make ourselves better people, but let’s face it: Goal setting hard is tough and becoming better people takes time that we just don’t have in our busy days. Right?

Wrong. The thing is, while we have been taught how to set these goals, and that we should set them, we are given little instruction on the steps it takes to actually achieve them. Achieving an attainable goal should only take a little bit of your time every day, but it is something you have to dedicate yourself to daily in order to achieve it. The steps to achieve this goal must become a habit, not a chore. So how do you do this? I’m here to explain it all to you.

1. Set the goal.

What is it you really want to achieve this year? What passion do you have that gets you really excited? Where do you see yourself being really happy? Nothing here is off limits. Nothing is unattainable. Think about where you would like to be a year from now and…

2. Write it down.

A goal in your head is erased as soon as a new thought enters, such as what you’re going to eat for dinner. Write down your goal and put it in a place you’ll see it every day, such as your bathroom mirror. It should be something you see every morning so you remember to focus on it, and every evening so you can evaluate what you did that day to attain your goal and how much closer you are to achieving it.

3. Make the steps to achieve your goal.

A goal without a plain to attain it is as useful as box of cake mix with no other ingredients. Sure, it should make a cake, but without the eggs and oil, you’re basically stuck just dreaming about that delicious dessert sitting in your pantry, waiting to be made. Set a timeline for your goal, and then write out all the little goals you have to achieve in order to make this big goal happen.

For example, if you want to lose 50lbs, just getting a gym membership and buying some celery isn’t going to make that happen. Set aside time each day for a workout – better yet, mark the time on your calendar. Make an appointment with yourself to make this happen. Look up healthy recipes and make a list of what you’re going to eat each day. Keep a food journal. And then set timely goals for each month. By the end of month 2, you want 10lbs lost. Focus on this smaller goal that will lead up to the bigger one, and by this time next year, you’ll be 50lbs smaller and all the happier.

This process applies to every goal you may set, not just losing weight. Set aside time each day to make it happen, and set smaller goals along the way that will help you reach your big goal. How much money do you have to save a month to save a $1,000 by the end of the year? How much money should you pay on that loan each month to have it paid off? How many times should you call your sister a month to be on good speaking terms? Slowly pull back on the number of drinks you have a week or cigarettes you smoke a day so that they are nonexistent in your life by the end of the year. Set a day each month to volunteer so you are the volunteer of the year by December. Make the third Saturday every month the day you try something new, like sky diving, so by the end of the year you’ve tried 12 new crazy things you never thought you’d do. Start planning your trip to Italy now, and each month set a goal that you want to attain to make it closer to that trip: Save $1,000; get in touch with a travel agent; buy a fancy new dress you’ll only wear when you’re being serenaded on a gondola. Whatever the goal is, set the steps you need to attain it.

And lastly…

4. Evaluate as you go.

Don’t wait until December to discover that you have or haven’t attained this goal. Watch your progress as you go. Now that you have daily, weekly, and monthly stepping stones put in place for the year, you are able to see if you are on the right track to achieve your resolution, or if you need to set more attainable goals, work harder, or change another habit that’s getting in your way. Whatever you do, don’t get discouraged. If you haven’t made one stepping stone, that’s fine. It’ll be a bit of a leap to the next one, but you can still make it across the river.

Don’t give up! By this time next year, you’re going to be so excited that you don’t have to set the same New Year’s resolution again.

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My New Years Resolutions

Taking 2017 and making 2018 ten times better

New year, new resolutions right? Making a list of New Year's resolutions may seem silly and tedious, but I actually think they're very valuable things to have. It's a great way to get a head start on what you want to say the year was like come December.

This time around, I sat down and really thought about my 2017. What about it was good and I want to continue? What about it do I want to improve in 2018? I truly believe this could be my year and it can be yours too. Here are 18 resolutions I have for 2018. Feel free to take a read and base my personal experiences on what you want to do for your 2018.

1. Travel more

This is probably one of my biggest goals for 2018. If you know me, I am always craving for adventure. From traveling to new countries to wanting to try new places in town, I am always looking to see what the world has to offer. Last year, I had the chance to travel quite a lot and I would love to travel just that much or even more.

When I studied abroad in Italy last summer, it really opened my eyes to the world. I saw so many incredible things and experienced life-changing events. It's only deepened my crave to travel even more and taught me proper travel techniques that I will need if I wish to travel even more. I want to travel to new cities, new states, new countries, new continents, everything.

2. Form more/closer relationships

I can't even begin to describe to you my personality. If you know me you know that I'm incredibly shy, but if you really know me you also know that I'm a huge people person. It's weird. I have many friends and close relationships because of how much of a people person I am.

But I also take longer to form these bonds because of that initial shyness. However, as I've gotten older, I've started to realize that maybe it's not necessarily shyness that gets in the way but rather it's turned into my insecurity that turns me away from forming that close bond faster.

I am always wanting to make more friends and deepen existing ones, but I always convince myself people don't like me as much as others or sometimes at all. This year I want to push those negative thoughts aside and just put myself out there to start forming friends/closer relationships.

3. Stop procrastinating (or at least less procrastinating)

All throughout life I was quite good at not procrastinating. I was always one step ahead. Then college happened. I've never been as involved and busy in my life till college which is what I think triggered the procrastination. I probably don't procrastinate as bad as I think I do, but when I'm so used to this one step ahead idea it makes me think I'm not doing enough. This year I want to learn how to balance not procrastinating and being one step ahead.

4. Respond to people

I have this horrible habit of not automatically reading notifications I get from my phone. I don't have read receipts on and the red numbers that rack up next to apps don't seem to phase me. This year I want to be more on top of it. Feel free to nag me till I respond.

5. Improve my style

All the time I am getting compliments on my style which is very flattering and I appreciate very much. But deep down, some days I actually don't like my style. Sometimes I think its too girly and involves way too many flowers. This year I would like to explore multiple different styles and wear what I feel makes me feel the most confident.

6. Take more photos

If you know me, I love taking photos. I'm always the one suggesting we take photos or you can always catch me taking photos of events. Surprisingly enough, I'm still convinced I don't have enough photos. I want to take more small pictures, capturing the little but important things.

7. Learn more music

Every music majors goal, right? Especially this music major. I just really want to expand my repertoire. For my career but also just for the love of music.

8. Focus on self-love

I'm constantly putting myself down or blaming myself for all the bad parts of life. No more. Sometimes you just need to be your own personal cheerleader.

9. Less focus on weight

Every year the goal is to always lose more weight. Although I want to stay healthy and at least maintain my weight, I'm tired of constantly pushing myself to do whatever it takes to lose weight. Sometimes it's even unhealthy to do so. I want to be confident in the body God gave me and if I'm really falling off the edge then I will push to be better, but for now I just want to appreciate what I have.

10. Attempt to be less overdramatic

If you know me, I'm probably one of the most dramatic people you know. Sorry about that, working on it!

11. Prove my worth

2017 was quite the year for ups and downs. There were times where I shined, but also times where I failed. Everyone makes mistakes. It's going to happen. But no longer am I letting my mistakes define me. I deserve better and I am much better than that. This year I want to prove my worth in multiple areas. Watch out world.

12. Learn how to do makeup better

There are so many people out there that learned how to do makeup from constantly watching YouTube videos and being truly dedicated to mastering makeup from a young age. I've never had that desire till now. I've always liked makeup, but figured I was doing good enough on my own.

I was never really taught how to do makeup. I started doing theatre and just learned from watching the other kids who knew what they were doing. This year I want to learn better techniques and get proper makeup.

13. Worry less about what other people think about me

Resolutions 13 and 14 are pretty much the same but so important. These two are vey big reasons why I am so insecure about myself. This year I just want to be myself and love what I am and have to offer.

14. Stop comparing myself to others

15. Accept defeat

Like I've said, 2017 was full of many ups and downs. I made some mistakes and sometimes you just need to own those mistakes and become a better person from those mistakes.

16. Stand up for myself

Although there are instances where you need to accept defeat, you also need to know when you are being played. I am always seen as the small guy or the nice guy. No more. I'm tired of letting people play with me because they think I'm too soft to do anything about it. This year I am going to stand up for myself more.

17. Do more small things with friends

College just gives us this culture that you should always be doing homework or you should be incredibly involved in clubs or you should always be going to a party on the weekends. But what about little things like getting coffee with friends or going out to a movie? This year I want to do all these things but in moderation.

18. Prepare for the future

It is crazy to think that 2018 is the year that I am going to start my senior year of college. It's so exciting yet terrifying at the same time. I want to focus on preparing for my future and what exactly I want to do after I graduate.

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11 Things You Will Undoubtedly See When It Snows In The South

In the South, we don't do snow.

Snow in the South is an infamous joke, after a season of being tough as nails in football, the snow sort of destroys our pride. There is widespread panic and we are reminded we are not that superior to all the other areas of America. Winter is not a season for the weak, or really for the south. So here are 11 things you will see when it snow's in the south.

1. Bread and Milk? Gone.

You can go to your local Publix, Kroger, or whatever. I promise the shelves are barren.

2. An inch and a foot are essentially the same thing.

All horrible driving conditions, we may not make it out of this alive.

3. Snow has the Power to shut down an entire city.

Nobody move! Nobody Drive!

4. When the Mom's find out school is getting out early.

Gotta get them babies out of school, they might get snowed in.

5. There is widespread panic!

Cabin Fever!!

6. Waiting for School to be closed tomorrow.

It never fails to be a thrilling wait.

7. ICE???

We are often forgetful that something that goes hand & hand with snow is Ice.

8. 30 Degrees & light snow absolutely calls for Eskimo gear.

If you aren't sweating them you aren't really properly snow dressed.

9. No matter the amount, kids are playing in it.

You can absolutely sled in 1/2 an inch of snow & build an entire igloo.

10. The People who don't like snow.

Hot cocoa & the indoors anyone?

11. VS the people who do love snow.

Overall, I hope your snow days are fun and I promise it won't last long. So enjoy them and have no fear, it will melt, the sun is bound to come out eventually.

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