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So You Hate New Year’s Resolutions

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By Kimberly Garcia
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I have never really been one to jump on the New Year’s Resolution band wagon, that is until recently. I always associated the idea of a resolution with the inevitable reality that it would probably fail by mid-January.

I decided that setting goals that could be achieved in a shorter time period would help me feel confident in being able to fulfill these goals. I also figured that it would help me in taking a better hold on how my time is spent for what I want to achieve in a short amount of time.  Overall, setting goals could have a positive impact on the year ahead. One thing I personally like about having goals is that they don’t have to be tied to the idea of starting at the beginning of the year; ideal for a procrastinator like myself.

Setting your own goals can help you sort out what is most important to achieve and what can wait for another time. Sometimes it is easy to get swept up in the ambitions that others may have for you. Setting time aside to determine what you would like to achieve can help you with figuring out what passions you might have. Only thinking about what you see yourself actually completing will set you up for a greater feeling of purpose and personal accountability. Allow yourself to take charge of your life and prevent others from putting their expectations on you. 

Creating bite-size goals can aid in reaching a larger lifestyle change or at least kick-off the journey to get there. Photo by Kimberly Garcia.

Setting up timely goals helps you figure out how long each goal will take you to complete. If you wanted to read a book, it may not take as long to finish if you are able to set aside an hour a day. If you are wanting to learn a new skill like calligraphy in order to create the perfect birthday card for a friend that was born in September, then you can plan accordingly. Knowing what you would like to achieve and setting time aside for those goals will ultimately lead to you having more confidence in yourself as well as having the pleasure of completing the goal.

A New Year’s Resolution is a long commitment and can be a bit intimidating, but setting up goals that can be completed at different times of the year can take the pressure off of those resolutions. Choosing goals that you would like to pursue will help you to want to complete them. Simple adjustments can definitely play a big role in staying committed to the goal.

Featured image by Kimberly Garcia.


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