We have ushered out 2018 and welcomed in 2019. With the New Year comes new resolutions to make a new you. Regardless of your specific goal, whether it be to lose weight or do more outdoor activities, there are a few guiding principles to help you live your best life, as the millennials say. Here are a few old-fashioned tips to put your life back on track.
GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER
Always a good place to start when making overarching life changes, although this header is a bit extreme. Find the source of the problem might be the more accurate heading; no one does something for no reason. Just because most of the time the reason is stupid doesn’t mean that there isn’t a reason. Address the underlying issue, otherwise you’ll just spin your wheels and get nowhere. Like running on a treadmill while eating a bucket of KFC, you are only hurting yourself.
KNOW YOUR WEAKNESSES
If you struggle to get out of the house because of an excess of video games, it might make sense to put some of the games and equipment away. This does not necessarily mean that you need to remove them entirely from your life. Just putting them in storage will likely be enough. That way, if you change either your mind or your ways you still have an easy route back. The hope here is to slowly integrate your weaknesses back into your life, so you can more appropriately manage these distractions. After all, life doesn’t happen in a vacuum.
SET REALISTIC GOALS
No, you won’t lose 100 pounds before February, and you will probably run out of steam if you try to go to the gym every day. It is important to set reasonable and achievable goals for yourself. Think of your resolution not as a single overarching goal, but instead as a series of measurable and attainable achievements. It could very well start with go to the gym once a week; getting a smaller order of fries; documenting everything that you eat and drink for one month. That’s fine. You must walk before you can run and planning any differently than that is setting yourself up for failure.
DON’T GO IT ALONE
A person is weak willed and will break at the earliest opportunity. A group of people make for a much stronger unit. It’s that thing where you can easily snap a twig, but it is hard to snap twenty twigs bundled together. You don’t need to join a massive group, just make sure that you are working with support. Having people to keep you accountable will go a long way to helping you keep your goals.
DON’T BRAG ABOUT SUCCESSES
Yes, you have every right to be proud, and this isn’t meant to keep you from being proud of the work you have put in. In a recent study performed by Peter Gollwitzer at NYU found that people who announce goals and small successes are less likely to follow through with their final goal. What this means is that your best bet is to keep your final goal to yourself, and diligently work towards it. That doesn’t mean that you and your friends cannot band together to help out, but take a step back before declaring your achievements.