How to set realistic New Year’s resolutions

New year… still same me? This is the reality that hits a couple weeks in, after the highs of a fresh start begin to slowly fade away. And that’s okay.

Today, I’m going to be your straightforward best friend who tells you that as much as we would like to believe that there is a magic recipe or formula to make ourselves finally stick to our New Year’s resolutions… there’s simply not.

First of all, let me just say that you don’t need to change yourself completely and become a whole new person. You’re great just as you are. So, why not change your mindset instead? New year… better me!

Over the years, I have found a couple ways which can help you turn New Year’s resolutions into habits, which will then lead into a lifestyle. Doesn’t this sound better, with all that pressure off to transform yourself into a new version? Then, let’s begin.

1. Get clear on your goals

Before you sit down to set your resolutions, really think about what you’d like to achieve in the long run. Now, I am a person that likes a good plan. Give me a fresh journal and some colourful pens and I’ll be entertained for hours.

Hope you are too because you need to grab a pen and some paper and list down a couple main, broad goals to begin with.

Do you want to be more active? Perhaps read more books than in the previous year, or perfect your craft? Write down that end goal and leave a bit of space underneath. Why? Well, this leads me onto number two…

2. Which are the small steps you can take to get you to that end goal? Start slow

I know the urge to make a list of all the grand things you want to achieve and leave it at that is strong, but I recommend to get a bit more precise. Think of it kind of like building a strong foundation for your goals.

I believe that one of the mistakes we make when setting New Year’s resolutions is that we just see the end vision but we don’t spend enough time focusing and reflecting on what we need to do to actually get there. Creating a comprehensive plan which you can look back on to see exactly what you need to do is really helpful.

So, list all the small steps you can take daily or weekly to help you get closer to your big target.

For example…

Goal: Eat more healthy

  • Eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day
  • Remove processed foods from my diet
  • Cook more at home
  • Meal-prep to avoid ordering in and help me stay on track

This is just a simple example of some small steps you can take every day to build on the habit of eating healthy. Emphasis on the habit of...

3. So, here’s the key – make it a habit instead of a New Year’s resolution

Practice those small steps daily, or as often as you can, and you will inevitably end up achieving your end goal. Those small steps will become a habit in time, so part of your routine and lifestyle.

4. Document your journey

Build on those habits and ensure you reflect at the end of every month to see your progress, analyse what works and what doesn’t and continue building on from there.

Writing things down helps me immensely, but if you don’t particularly enjoy doing this, start a video diary. Or simply sit with yourself to think about what you can improve, change or keep doing to help you achieve your goals.

5. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small wins

Lastly, this is your friendly reminder to take your time. There’s absolutely no rush in achieving any goal. You have your own timeline and if something doesn’t go the way you initially intended it to go, that’s completely fine. Start over, just don’t give up.

Equally important, make sure to give yourself a pat on the back from time to time. Celebrate your small wins. I mean, if you don’t cheer for yourself, then who will?

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and now have a bit of a different view on New Year’s resolutions.

I wish you all the best in this new year, and I’ll see you soon here on blog,

Irina x

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Author: irinaiacob

My name is Irina, born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, currently chasing my dreams in London, United Kingdom. I first smiled on 23 October 1997 and I have done so since. In 2016, I wanted to create a blog to have an outlet for my creativity – a safe space where I could express myself and talk about subjects I am passionate about – beauty, fashion, lifestyle. I find inspiration in the little things and I always write with a cup of coffee next to me.

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