Tonight is New Year’s Eve. The end of the year, the beginning of a new one. I am not really into the whole celebration and festivities around the beginning of the new year. But it has to be said it is a good moment to change things in your life. If you want to make it last, though, you should pick your goals carefully. Here are some tips how to make your resolutions feasible.
It might not sound very motivational, but when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, I think you should aim small. If you do that, you will have a much bigger chance of succeeding. Of course, the effect will not be as big. But if you aim for something spectacular, you will most probably succumb to the enormousness of the task, and just abandon it completely. If you go for something smaller instead, you will reach your goal more easily. If you still want more, you can set a new goal then, building on the energy you got from achieving the first one.
Do you want it?
When thinking up resolutions, keep checking back with yourself. You want to make sure the things you claim to go for really are what you want to achieve. If you are not in it with all your heart, it will be more difficult to reach your goals. If you choose with your heart, though, chasing your resolutions will come lots easier.
Make it Measurable
If you think up resolutions, make sure they will be measurable. You will want to check them off one day, and that will only be possible if it is clear that they are achieved. “Doing more of…” is so vague, you don’t give yourself enough guidance to actually do something. If you say “Do … every week” instead, it will be easy to measure and therefore a lot better to stick to.
And don’t forget to keep realistic as well. Even when you are absolutely passionate about all the little changes that you are planning to make, you will still need the time and means to do it. A horse trainer once told me to “only start a battle if you are sure to win”, which is a very true thing, not only when training horses, but also when working on your inner self. Only set a goal when you are capable of achieving it, otherwise you will be disappointed in yourself and lose heart to chase your dreams. Wouldn’t that be a pity?
My Own Resolutions
Well, for the occasion I have made some resolutions as well. Some have to do with my oncoming move to Norway, others are more regarded to general self-development. Maybe they can give you some ideas for your own resolutions, or maybe you can give me some tips on how to achieve my goals. I would love to hear it if you do.
- Go out into nature at least every other week.
- Spend more than half an hour outside for at least five days a week. (Walking or cycling somewhere counts as well)
- Complete my Trondheim To-Do List
- Pass all my exams at university in Trondheim
Have a happy new year and enjoy your resolutions!