As we settle into the New Year, some of us may have already lost sight of our New Year’s Resolutions. But just because you haven’t been faithful to your resolution, doesn’t mean you have to completely give up on it! You can begin again! Here are a few ways to help you figure out how.
Remember The Reason For The Resolution
Way back at the end of last year, you decided to make a resolution and you probably had a good reason for it. Go back to the day you made that decision. Remember why you chose that particular resolution. You’ll want to make sure you had a good reason for that decision. Did you decide to exercise daily because you wanted to feel healthier or because you thought you’d be happier if you were thinner? Did you decide to save money to put aside for a relaxing family vacation or because you want to impress the neighbors with a new car?
If your new year’s resolution went by the wayside, it might be because your reason might have been faulty. In that case, maybe pick a different resolution and start again.
If you had a great reason, then make sure you remember it. Hang it on your fridge, post it in your bedroom, car, and office. It may be hard to choose to eat healthier for every meal, but if you constantly see your reason posted all over your home, it might make the choice a little easier.
Find Out What Went Wrong
You’ve given up on your resolution. Why? Take a few minutes to think about what went wrong. Did you stop exercising because 5am was just too early to hop on a treadmill? Did you quit learning to crochet because you just couldn’t figure it out? Once you figure out why you stopped, you can problem solve and figure out ways to make it easier to keep your resolution.
Revise the Resolution
Once you figure out the practical reasons you quit your new eating plan, exercise routine, new hobby etc… you can take that information and make some changes. If 5 am is just too early to hop on a treadmill, try exercising at a different time of day. If eating salads every single day for lunch feels dreary, try eating them every other day. If learning to crochet seems impossible to learn from youtube videos, sign up for a local class and learn in person. Making these small changes to your resolution can make it feel a little less overwhelming and a little more doable.
Make A New Plan
After tweaking your resolution, come up with a new plan to keep you on track. Re-commit by writing out a specific plan detailing the steps you will take. If your goal is to exercise 5 times a week, take a lesson from your parenting and make yourself a sticker chart! If your goal is to meditate or pray every morning, add it to your schedule. Put it in your calendar, set reminders, and don’t schedule anything else during that time.
Give Yourself Some Grace
Most importantly, give yourself some grace. If you miss a day, shake it off and start over. Don’t beat yourself up and give up entirely. You can always revise your new year’s resolution or change things up to suit your busy life. Remember, you can always begin again.