Here we are about two weeks in January, and I must ask, have you broken your resolution yet?
It’s fine to answer yes, most people don’t keep their new year’s resolutions. Personally, I didn’t make any resolutions this year. It’s not because I don’t think that I need improving, but resolutions end up being more of a burden than they’re worth.
Let me explain.
Common resolutions are to lose weight, save money, live a happier life, make more time for yourself, etc.
So why do so many people break these resolutions? It’s because they’re so generic.
It’s hard to keep up the motivation to just “lose weight.” Why? Well, technically losing a pound, which is easy to do in water weight, is keeping your resolution. I mean you lost weight. However, we both know that’s not what anyone means by that resolution.
So what do people mean by it? Well, normally, people either make the resolution to live a healthier lifestyle and/or because they have this version of themselves in their head they want to achieve.
That’s where the problem comes in, those aren’t super easy to measure.
There’s an old phrase “eating the elephant one bite at a time,” that applies here. With just the generic “lose weight” resolution, you’re trying to eat it whole.
Now then, if you change your resolution and thinking and zero in on a specific weight, this changes. Say you change your resolution to “I will lose 30 pounds.”
Now there’s a goal, something measurable. Every pound you lose now becomes a step towards something more concrete that you can see on the scale. You can even set smaller goals at let’s say every 10 pounds. Then every pound you lose is 1/10th of your goal and you just have to do that three times.
See, goals like this make the resolutions more digestible, for lack of a better term. The ability to quantify and measure your progress keeps the drive alive. You know where the finish line is so it makes it a lot easier to run the race.
That’s why I’m offering the idea of swapping out whatever resolution you made for goals instead. Break down that resolution into one or a few smaller goals.
Don’t say “I want to live healthier,” say “I want to cut out caffeine” or “I want to cut out sodas.” Set tangible goals that fall in the line of those resolutions.
Take things a little at a time. Change doesn’t happen in one day. It sometimes doesn’t even happen in a year.
You have to take things on little by little and keep trucking. Keep on steppin’, as I’ve heard some say.
So when you think about your resolutions this year, think about that. Think about what it actually takes to achieve it and set goals. Not big goals, smaller, easier goals and work your way up.
It’s still a hill to climb, but at least it gives you rest stops along the way. Remember, even professional climbers have to take breaks. You’ve got this, just one step at a time.
Justin Blowers is a staff writer for The Southeast Sun and Daleville Sun-Courier. The opinions of this writer are his own and not the opinion of the paper. He can be reached at (334) 393-2969 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.