Turn Last Year’s Obstacles into this year’s Optimism
As the end of the year approaches, many of us find ourselves running on an empty optimism tank. Luckily, this means the new year is right around the corner with an entire year’s worth of attitude boost. And of course what better way to begin a clean slate than with the answer to all of last year’s problems? A resolution so to speak. While the purpose is to iron out the crinkles of last year, sometimes creating a resolution only adds to the list of problems. Here’s what you need to know in order to set out your new year’s resolution and how to stick to your goals.
First comes the golden rule of resolutions: Be realistic. Being overly optimistic can result in setting goals that might be out of your reach. Setting the goal of getting a 4.0 GPA when you’re at a 1.3 just isn’t reasonable. While it’s great to shoot for the stars, don’t set yourself up for failure.
Secondly: don’t feel like you need to solve every problem right away. Last year could have been an eventful one for you where life presented you with obstacle after obstacle. If we all sat down and made a list of all the things that went wrong in the year, it would be simply overwhelming. It’s perfectly acceptable to start off with a few goals in mind at the beginning, and add to your list when the others have been checked off.
Thirdly: follow your realistic goals with a plan of action. While ordering pizza for two to be eaten by one may be the resolution to a stressful week, it’s not the resolution to living a healthier lifestyle. Instead, make a realistic dietary plan that you know is appropriate for you that you won’t be tempted to cheat every chance you get.
Fourthly: treat yo self. Good behavior deserves to be rewarded. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a little pat on the back once in awhile when you have achieved your goals. Having one cheat night, taking one night off of studying to do something fun, or even putting on some music to accompany a nice hot bath is what this could look like. Don’t forget to encourage yourself and acknowledge how far you have come.
Above all, remember the goal is to manage your issues, not create more. Be honest with yourself, decide what it most important to you, stick to your word, and don’t forget to feel some pride while doing it. Let’s kick 2015’s problems to the curb and being 2016 with optimistic engines full.