Happy New Year! In just a few days it will be a new year and people will be working on their new goals but sadly most of them will fail because of unachievable, unrealistic goals they set for themselves. I am a big believer in goal setting because without challenges you will never grow but not necessarily for New Year’s Resolutions. If I reached my last goal I will set new ones in the beginning of the year but if I am still working on a goal I will not create ones just because it’s a new year. There is always room to improve yourself and goals can and should be made at any time not just in January! Most New Years Resolutions will fail by February or March not because you are incapable of doing incredible things but most people will set goals they would never be able to reach in a year or aren’t motivated to work towards their goal. If you have been struggling with making and sticking to your goals for more than a month it can be discouraging to see yourself keep failing at something that doesn’t seem like it should be that hard. In this post I am going to talk about some achievable goals that everyone can work on in the New Year.
Be more active- During the month of January people are wildly motivated to hit the gym to lose all the extra weight they gained during the holiday season only to give up it in a month. Fitness is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions but it is also one of the goals people will quit first because they will realize it’s actually hard to reach fitness goals. I think people are very capable of starting a fitness journey and crushing it and the problem is most people will set unrealistic goals they could never achieve at their fitness level. Ask yourself what is the likelihood of sticking to a fitness routine that requires you to go to the gym two hours, five days a week when you weren’t previously working out. For someone who is used to long workouts that might be an achievable goal but for a beginner that would be total insanity to work out that much and there is zero chance, you would stick to it long term. You wouldn’t make fitness a habit but instead would learn to hate exercise and never want to do it again. When I first started my fitness journey I didn’t do anything super impressive and I only worked out for about ten minutes a few days a week with zero equipment because that is all I could do. As I got stronger I was able to improve my strength so I was able to work out for longer and with equipment but it took years to get there. Start slow and instead of committing to a strict nutrition and fitness plan that you probably won’t stick long term commit to small changes. Don’t be afraid of being a beginner because even athletes who can do crazy workouts were once beginners!
Be kind to others– People can be very opinionated and sometimes rude towards someone they disagree with that sees the world in a different way especially if it’s anything political. It’s okay to disagree with someone because that is the beauty of us as an individual but it’s not okay to be rude when someone thinks differently than you. There needs to be more kindness in this world and less hate because it seems like people have forgotten how to talk to someone they disagree with. I would love to see more people being kind to each other on social media and in person because you never know how that rude comment will affect someone’s mental health. I understand if you are going through a hard time and aren’t feeling very cheery because we all have those days but that is no excuse to be mean to others.
Declutter your closet– When was the last time that you went through your closet and got rid of stuff you no longer use? If you have not done that in a while you are probably hanging on to more junk than you realize that could be thrown away. The new year is a perfect time to do some decluttering because during Christmas you get all kinds of new gadgets that will need place to be stored. Whenever I get new clothes I always go through my closet to see if I have anything I am holding onto that I don’t wear. It’s good to periodically go through your closet and declutter because it will allow room for new things and you will never have an over abundance of clothes you don’t wear.
Work less- I am not suggesting that you quit your job and take up arts and crafts because that would be very dumb of you to elminate all sources of income unless you physically could not work. If you love your job it easy to become obsessive about your work and not have any other hobbies but that is not healthy. Focus on self-care because your mental and physical health is just as important as showing up to your job on time. Towards the end of 2021 I started to create less content and slow down because I was starting to burn myself out. I am glad I took that break because if I didn’t I don’t think I would be ready for my new 2022 goals.
The new year is a great time to set new goals but don’t feel like you have to because it’s that time of year. If your goals do not excite you there is a good chance you will not be motivated to work towards that goal. Pick a goal that you want to work towards and if nothing comes to mind right now that okay and don’t make any. New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be anything super impressive or difficult and it can be as simple as being less critical of others. Look at your life and see what you can improve on and that can be New Year’s Resolution! If you are uncomfortable sharing your goals that’s okay because you only have to tell others your goals if you want to . I never share what goals I am working on because there is less pressure to reach them and if I fail no one will know I did. What New Year’s Resolutions do you have?