New Year’s Resolutions – Finding Your Feet in the Season of Change

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Have you made New Year’s Resolutions? And you’re also worried about breaking them? If so, these approaches may help alleviate worry and provide fresh perspective to help you achieve your goals gently.

“What’s your New Year’s resolution?”

No, it’s not an easy question to answer. The answer lies within. Do you actually want to make any New Year’s Resolutions? There is no obligation to do so. Not to yourself, or anyone else.

However, you may choose to take part in this traditional practice. You may choose to welcome in the New Year with the setting of intentions for goals you personally wish to achieve.

This thought piece comes from the perspective that yes, you have made New Year’s Resolutions to add some waymarkers to your life’s journey – and yes, you are worried about breaking them. Whether the holiday season is a blessing or a curse for you, the thought of re-evaluating and altering your life can be daunting. If the season of change proves difficult for you, here are some tips on alleviating the pain of New Year.

 

Don’t Panic

Don’t panic if your resolution falls through. The calendar doesn’t need to scream 1st January for you to make changes to your life.

Every day brings about new opportunities to work on and improve yourself. Capitalise on each sunrise rather than putting all the pressure on the first day of the year.

On a small scale, I like to outline three things I want to complete in the day – outside of my daily tasks. Whether it be to work on a personal project, improving a skill or simply something for myself, it’s crucial to keep resolutions ticking on and not to fret if they waver.

Don’t Feel Pressure

It can be traditional for a lot of families to sit together, ruminating on the past year and planning how to best pull themselves out of the gutter before January. Whilst others around you might be preparing to run a marathon or get that sacred promotion, there’s no need to alter your life if you don’t feel the urge or desire to do so.

Whilst you might recognise areas of improvement, you can oftentimes feel forced into categorising those elements over a glass of bubbly as the clock edges closer towards midnight. Leave the grating comments and resolution burden behind.

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Approach with Caution

Whilst it might be tempting to push yourself to climb Kilimanjaro in 2019, be sure to set your resolutions at a realistic level. You’ll feel better about yourself if you stick to something you are certain you can achieve. So, maybe it’s to work on those sewing skills or learn some new recipes. Or… perhaps Kilimanjaro is closer than you imagined. Either way, setting achievable goals will boost productivity, potential and results – boosting your 2019 sky-high.

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