I believe that there are two types of people in this world: those who make New Year’s resolutions, and those who know better. The idea of making a year-long goal is both challenging and nerve-wracking to me because there’s such potential for failure; my glass isn’t half empty, it’s just A LOT of liquid filling a 365 day size cup!
I like to think that my life is pretty good, but there’s always room for improvement, right?
If one takes the time to think out their resolutions, they can be quite effective.
Three Pieces of New Year’s Resolution Making Advice
1. Make sure that your resolutions are important to you. If you decide to make a change to your life in the new year, make sure it’s based on your own goals, and not what’s popular or trendy. It’s a year-long commitment, so make sure if you make a resolution to pick up running, it’s because you want to and not because it’s what the rest of the crowd is doing.
My Resolution: Plan out my meals the week before to make life easier for Dan and I, both at the dinner table and the grocery store.
2. Be as specific as possible, and if possible, make it something that is measurable.
My Resolution: Increase my running mileage by at least one mile per week in 2013.
3. Don’t go overboard. There’s no reason in making your resolutions so large that you’ll never be able to complete them. I would never make a resolution that I would cook 6/7 nights per week; talk about setting yourself up for disappointment! It’s good to stretch to make yourself a better person, but no need to pull a hammy!
My Resolution: Replace 30 minutes of TV Time with Book Time per night.