We’re six days into the New Year and we’ve already had records broken by the cold. Some resolutions may have been already broken, too. If that’s you don’t plop down and sigh at your lack of tenacity. Instead, examine your resolution and see how you can get back on the train of self improvement. Ask yourself these questions:
Is my resolution too ambitious?
It’s great to have ambitious goals, but it can’t be done all at once. You have to take things in small steps to attain something big. Try making small goals for each week or month, so you won’t become exhausted after two days. Doing too much of something can ruin your resolve for anything.
Also, be realistic. If you have a resolution to sing opera, but can’t carry a tune, I’m sorry to say that you probably won’t succeed. Figure out what your talents are and what you enjoy doing and make goals for that.
What caused me to give it up or stop doing it?
If you resolved to run outside every day for health, but stopped because of the frigid temperatures, cut yourself a break- it’s cold. If some other uncontrollable thing made you break your resolution, don’t let that be the end of it. Start again tomorrow. Nobody’s perfect. Most people don’t like perfect people anyway (exceptions of course are Jesus and Mary Poppins). People do like inspiring people, though, which are the ones that don’t give up even after hardships and shots to their confidence. So be inspiring!
Is it really necessary?
Do you really need or want to do the thing you’ve resolved to do or are you just doing it to have a resolution? If you have to force yourself or it’s not beneficial to your health physically/mentally/emotionally, then don’t bother. Do something else with your time.
I’m not a resolution expert, but I hope these questions will help anybody struggling with theirs. Since this post is devoted to resolutions I’ll share mine for 2014 with you:
- Learn a new language
- Maintain a daily devotional time
- Exercise and eat healthy foods
- Keep blogging
- Do a weekly tutorial for design/ Adobe programs
- Keep working hard at school, even when I’m beginning to get sick of it.
- Write things that aren’t school related
- Journal regualarly
- Try to get a regular routine for working on homework
- Read at least 10 books
Ta-dum! There it is. Amy also wrote about her resolutions for this year on her personal blog, so check it out if you haven’t. Happy 2014!