The New Year is right around the corner, and with the holiday season already in full swing, most people are spending their remaining days of the current year reminiscing and reevaluating decisions made during the previous 365 days, like those few extra servings of Christmas dessert they just finishing scarfing down.
Yes, the New Year is a time for rebirth. A time when people commit to finally making good on those broken promises of years past, and with that comes New Year’s Resolutions.
These declarations are the proverbial flag in the ground that people, young and old, stake.
The problem is, 99.9% of all New Year’s Resolutions are either broken, disregarded, unfulfilled, or flat out forgotten about two weeks into each new year. Well, that all changes this year.
This new year, you’re going to make a New Year’s Resolution, but this time it’s actually going to work…and here’s why.
We’ve come up with three slam dunk resolutions anyone can make, including crazy Aunt Harriet and Uncle Carl, and stick to. That’s right, ahead we’re giving you the resolutions you need to make along with how to carry them out so that this year is your best year ever!
The Problem with All New Year’s Resolutions
Too Much, Too Fast
Reason #1 that people fail on their New Year’s Resolutions is that they treat each resolution as a sprint instead of a marathon. Think about how long it took you to develop those not so pleasant habits; they didn’t happen in one day or even one week. Bad habits are born from multiples weeks, months, and even years of poor decisions, laziness, and indifference.
With that in mind, no one can reasonably assume you’re going to undo months (or years) of unpleasant habits overnight, or even in two weeks. It took you a long time to get to the unsavory state you’re presently in, and it’ll take you a good bit of time to “rewire” yourself to choose better options over previous “bad” ones.
Remember, you’ve got an entire year to make good on your resolution. The best way to attain that is going slow and steady. Small tweaks over time, lead to big changes later on.
When making New Year’s Resolutions, oftentimes people set unrealistic, and unattainable, goals. Whether it be diet, health, or lifestyle related, people make sky-high goals at are simply far too ambitious to be accomplished by virtually everyone. When this happens, people are all but guaranteed failure, leaving them discouraged, downtrodden, and depressed.
Aiming high is admirable, but only if it’s something you’re passionate about and driven to accomplish. Rather than set one monster-sized resolution, try making several smaller, more achievable ones. That way, as you achieve each one, you’ll feel empowered to keep going further and further
Lack of Support
As with most things in life, it’s generally easier to accomplish things when you’ve got some help. Now, your friends, family, and loved ones can’t actually stop you from eating those naughty foods or make you lift those heavy weights, but they can certainly offer support and encouragement.
Staying motivated while attempting to revamp your life is a daunting task, it’s that much more daunting when you try to go it alone. You’re chances of success in achieving (and maintaining) your New Year’s resolutions are exponentially greater when you’ve got some support. And with the advent of numerous social media outlets, getting support from multiple sources has never been easier.
Post something on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for some quick insta-support, or go old school and reach out to your friends and family for help when times are tough. If you’re undertaking a rigorous new diet and fitness regimen, find a partner to go through it with you so you can hold each other accountable during meal times and workouts.
There’s strength in numbers, and you’ll significantly increase the likelihood of success when having help.
Top 3 New Year’s Resolution To Make THIS Year
Have a Positive Mindset
Everything begins and ends with the mind. It’s the central processing unit of your body. It governs how you move, how you think, and how you react, and it’s also how you will revolutionize your entire life this new year.
If you really want to change your body, it all comes back to the mind. Diet, fitness, work, relationships, it all begins and ends with the mind. Rather than saying (or thinking) I’m not going to eat this or that or not going to do this or that, say I will do this or that.
Too often people focus on what they can’t do when trying to change themselves, rather than what they can do. It’s not about not eating certain things, but more about eating more of other things. Similarly, don’t focus on the sleep or TV you might be missing out on when you go to workout. Think about the good things you’re doing for your body and mind and how that will get you that much closer to where you want to go.
Lasting change begins with changing the mind.
- Start each day with a positive affirmation. While you’re getting ready in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror and say out loud, “Today will be a great day.” or “I’m going to be outstanding today.” Doing so sets the tone for you will carry yourself for the remainder of the day.
- Focus on the positives. No matter how bad a situation is, try to find some positive facet of the situation. For example, if you’re stuck in traffic, think about the extra time you have to listen to your favorite audiobook or podcast or spend a few extra minutes riding with a loved one.
- Turn failures into learning lessons. Everyone screws up, even the most meticulous individuals do from time to time. You’re human. Rather than focusing on not achieving your goal, try to glean some insight about why you fell short and use that going forward so you don’t make the same mistake twice.
- Surround yourself with positive influences. This includes friends, mentors, co-workers, and yes, even family members. Putting yourself around like-minded, positive people will further enhance your positive mood and outlook on life.Priorities
Resolutions are made with the noblest intentions, but in order for those aspirations to turn into a reality, you have to make them a priority. Learning to set your priorities straight is a New Year’s resolution that will have far-reaching impacts on all aspects of your life.
Eating better, losing weight, getting stronger, getting that promotion boils down to priorities. To lose that fat, you must prioritize your diet. Eating lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats must be at the top of your to-do list every day. Eating that burger isn’t a priority, it’s an indulgence. Similarly, watching that extra hour of TV isn’t a requirement. But if you’re trying to build muscle, intense training is.
Simply put, if you don’t make something a priority it’s not going to happen. Making one of your New Year’s Resolutions to set priorities will be another surefire step to completely transforming your life this new year.
- Before you can set your priorities, you first must be aware of how you’re currently organizing your life and what you’re placing first in your life.
- Take time to think about what truly is important to you and if you’re willing to commit the time, energy, and focus it’s going to require. Everyone would love to have a 6-pack, but very few people have the diligence and self-control to attain it.
- Write down your list of priorities considering these question:
- What is the one most important thing in your life right now?
- What can/should/want to spend more time doing?
- What do you want to spend less time doing?
- Past your new priorities list to your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, smartphone, and anywhere else you frequent so you’re constantly reminded of your goals and newfound priorities.
- IMMEDIATELY start implementing your new priorities the second you’re finished writing your list.Sleep
Nothing is more essential to health and function, and more callously cast aside, than sleep. In today’s age of big screen TVs, laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, and every other kind of gadget and gizmo, people are spending more time awake, all at the expense of quality sleep. Yes, a certain set of things have to get done each day, but being inundated by countless alerts, texts, updates, and games makes getting to sleep that much more difficult.
With better sleep, comes better performance, mentally, physically, and emotionally. You’ll lift more in the gym, be more productive at work, and be more pleasant to everyone you encounter. On the flip side, lack of sleep increases irritability, lethargy, fatigue, fat gain, and brain fog.
You should be getting a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep each night. The way to do that is by reducing your exposure to blue light, a type of light that affects melatonin production more than any other type of light.
How do you reduce blue light exposure? Stop looking at the countless TVs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets you’ve got lying around the house at least an hour or two before bed. Learning to power down those devices after the work day is complete is the single biggest thing you can do to boost your sleep each night.
Other quick tips you can do include establishing a bedtime routine, making your room as dark as possible, or drinking a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea before bed. There are plenty other things to help you get some good shut-eye, but these are some of the biggest (and easiest) ones to do.
Start prioritizing sleep, and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel and function each day!
- Figure out what time you need to wake up each day and back up 8-9 hours. For example, if you need to wake up at 6 AM, that means you need to be asleep, NOT getting in bed at the latest at 10 PM.
- If you’re caffeine sensitive, stop drinking coffee after lunch.
- Avoid alcohol consumption in the evening
- Do not look at any “blue light” after 7 PM (assuming you’re falling asleep between 9-10 PM)
- Establish a “bedtime routine” including your same nightly ritual — washing up, reading, drinking herbal, caffeine-free tea, meditating, journaling, listening to soft music, etc.
- Make sure your room is completely dark (including blackout curtains). Note that you may need to unplug alarm clocks, power strips, etc. to make this happen.
- Set thermostat to 68°F or lower (research notes that sleep is improved with room temperature between 65-68°F)
- Use soft, non-itchy sheets with a high thread count for maximum comfort and minimal irritation
- Focus on relaxation in bed, not sleep. Focusing too much on sleeping, can actually stress you out and make it harder for you to fall asleep as you’re too concerned with falling asleep than actually sleeping. Instead, try to just R-E-L-A-X, and then you peacefully drift off to dreamland.
New Year’s is a time for reflection, introspection, and declaration. Take some personal time to seriously think what’s most important to you and what you need to do to get there. These three new year’s resolutions are three resolutions everyone can (and should) make that will revamp their lives, and set them on the fast track to success.