Tips to stay on top of New Year’s resolutions
Julia Lucas, Staff Writer
Welcome to 2018, Saints! Whether 2017 was the best or the worst year for you, it is now in the past. As we embark on the New Year, many of us have made resolutions or goals that we intend to achieve throughout the year. Even though making resolutions is simple, keeping those resolutions can be extremely difficult. Most people give up on their resolutions within the first month, or even the first week, but it is possible to fight against the statistics and achieve what you want this year. Whether your goal is fitness related, education related, or for personal growth, here are eight tips to help keep you on track this year.
- Do not give up:
Sometimes it can be hard to live up to your resolutions and stay on track throughout the year, but you should never get discouraged. Even if you make a mistake that goes against your goals, there is still plenty of time to get back on track. Do not let one small slip up keep you from making 2018 your year.
- Surround yourself with supportive people:
The easiest way to ruin your resolution is to not have a support system. We all need at least one person in our corner who can help us reach our goals. Accomplishing a difficult task gets easier when you have someone to keep you on track. Maybe you can find someone who has the same goals as you and you can encourage each other to reach the finish line. Even if your support system is just someone checking in to see if you are making progress, it can be beneficial to have at least one person wanting to help you get better.
- Set achievable goals:
When setting your New Year’s resolutions, set a goal that you can actually achieve. If your goal is near impossible to reach, you will quickly become discouraged when you start falling behind. This does not mean you should make an easy resolution that you know you can reach, just to feel fulfilled. Make a resolution that pushes you to be better, but that does not push you so far as to harm you in the process, essentially hitting that sweet spot between being too hard and too easy.
- Celebrate small accomplishments:
Your resolution may require a long period of time to finally complete, but it may be helpful to find small wins along the way. Be proud of yourself when you take a strong step towards your ultimate goal. It helps to set milestones that lead up to the finish line and to celebrate when you reach each milestone. This way you will be encouraged and feel successful throughout your process. New Year’s resolutions are hard, but they can be even harder if you cannot find reasons to be proud of yourself.
- Follow helpful social media accounts:
Since most college students will have some type of social media account, you may find it helpful to follow inspirational pages on any platform. There are many of accounts that are used to inspire the general population. For example, there are plenty fitness accounts that post success stories and how those people accomplished their goals. There are also accounts that post quotes or videos that may lead a follower to personal growth.
- Find a healthy balance:
Do not set out to make extreme changes that you are not able to sustain. There needs to be a balance of working towards your greater goal, and allowing yourself to take a break. The best way to make a major change is to stay in between the two extremes: not doing anything and going too far. You will be far more successful in your goals if you can allow yourself to be human and have balance.
- Do not compare yourself to others:
There is always going to be someone who you perceive as greater than you in some way. If you are constantly comparing yourself to the people around you, you will quickly become discouraged. Instead, you need to focus on your own goals and succeeding for yourself. Never make a resolution that you think will make you look better in someone else’s eyes; only make a resolution that will better you as a person.
- Believe in yourself:
This may sounds cliché and unhelpful, but this is the most difficult tip to follow. While you may find some inspiration elsewhere, the majority must come from you. You have to believe you can reach your goals, in order to actually achieve them. See yourself reaching your goal in the future and truly believe that you can get to that point.