Most people ring in the New Year with a new set of expectations for themselves; New Year’s resolutions; the promise of “New Year, new me!”
I have always been one of those people, but recently I realized that my New Year’s Resolutions just don’t stick. I would sit down and outline all of the ways that I wanted to improve only to forget about them a few weeks later and fall back into old habits.
Now, don’t get me wrong – a new year can definitely provide us with the motivation we need to achieve our goals! January 1st can act as the perfect jumping off point to make some changes and then look back on how far you’ve come when we get to the end of the year. However, it seems as though New Year’s resolutions have a novelty to them that tends to wear off by the time February rolls around.
I’ve found that establishing smaller resolutions throughout the year helps keep me on track. I like to check in with myself every season instead of just at the beginning of the year. I review what I’ve already accomplished and then come up with additional action steps to assist me in reaching my ultimate goal. During these check-ins, I’m brutally honest with myself regarding any barriers or goals that need to be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances (like COVID).
If you find yourself not sticking to your New Year’s resolution cut yourself some slack! You can pick any time of year to reset and start focusing on new goals.