Making New Years Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

Resolutions. No one keeps them. Everyone has the best intentions. But then Life happens. Or you go back to making excuses about how you’ll start the next week.

Still eat bad.

Still don’t exercise.

Still don’t save money.

Whatever it may be… most people have given up on their resolutions before January is even over.

There have been years that I’ve been kept my resolutions and other years I haven’t. Then there have been years like 2016 when not keeping my resolution (not passing the CPA) have been beyond my control when I’ve tried my hardest at something (I’m at peace with not passing b/c I know I studied my ass off). But I did get a new job and I’m in a happier mindset which was a huge goal otherwise.

We are almost a solid 2 weeks into 2017. And this is the time that I feel like people start slacking on resolutions. One bad meal? Eh it won’t hurt. That one glass of wine? One glass won’t kill you. Skipping that work out? You’ll go tomorrow.

Problem?

Let’s be honest… you won’t go back to being good. If you do, you are one of the few. I can already tell at the gym that people are starting to slack. I can see the crowds starting to thin out. Weights are available again along with the cardio equipment.

So what’s the key to New Year’s resolutions? In my experience, it’s picking one or two things to focus on instead of some super long list. Focusing on one or two big things is doable. It’s easier to stay disciplined. It’s easier to be realistic about expectations. If you are working a 40 hour work week, in a relationship, possibly have kids, you are limited in time.

A lot of people don’t even believe in resolutions… probably because they can’t ever keep them. People make these lists thinking that they will be able to do a full on life change all at once.

It doesn’t work like that.

Change takes time. It takes dedication and commitment. If you want to lose 50lbs, you aren’t looking at something that’s going to happen over night, it’s not even gonna happen in 60 days. If you want to start eating healthy, you have to take the time to meal prep, grocery shop, plan out your weekly meals.

It’s not easy. It’s hard work to break bad habits. Or hit goals. It’s why people can’t even last two weeks, lasting the month of January is even more of a stretch.

If you are really serious about making a lifestyle change, be realistic. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Getting out of debt is going to take time. Getting in shape is going to take time. There will be days you fuck it all up. The key is to not let one day turn into a week or a month.

I am a huge proponent of just picking one or two things and focusing on those. Any more than that and you are setting yourself up for failure. Every year that I’ve overloaded myself, nothing gets accomplished. Within a month, resolutions have gone to the wayside.

This year I have two main goals: get back in shape and pay down debt.

I’m focusing on these two things and nothing else. No throwing in crazy study hours. No pressure to change every aspect of my life all at once. So far, I haven’t had any trouble keeping up with these two goals. I’m working out 5 days a week and I don’t stress about it because I’m realistic about my time commitments. I haven’t put a ton on my plate.

I have a few other things that I want to get done this year but nothing that I’m going to stress to get done. And since the other two things are bigger priorities, my expectations are realistic. I need to go room by room and clean house, sell a couple things, etc. But that’s more of a few weekends chore so I’m not counting them as full on resolutions.

So instead of giving up on every single resolution you may have set, maybe now that the year is off to start and you are a couple weeks in, do a reevaluation. What really is worth doing and changing at this point?

Don’t give up on yourself. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of other things to beat yourself up on this year. No need to do it on a New Year Resolution.

Until next time…

 

xoxo

The Penniless Princess

 

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