Here’s How You Can Be Successful With Your New Year’s Resolutions

What Is A New Year’s Resolution

In order to succeed with New Year’s Resolutions we must first define what it is and it’s purpose. A New Year’s Resolution is when a person seeks to make a change of an undesired habit or when one sets a goal to accomplish something.  Many of us have started new year’s resolutions and started off on the right track, only to fall or fail at what we started out to do.  The purpose is great because it is for the bettering of one’s self or situation.  However, the goals we are committing to may be too steep and overwhelming. 

Fighting A Losing Battle

Starting out with good intentions and failing can lead to disappointment, depression, and the worst two words in the dictionary “Giving Up”.  So to avoid going down this hole of destruction maybe if we tweak some things the rate of success in conquering our chosen New Year’s Resolution will greatly increase.  Starting off with a goal can get overwhelming because we want to change so much in so little time.  Like we don’t ever say we want to get healthier.  We say “I want to lose weight”.  Then we have in our head this ideal size and the size is usually never one or two sizes different than what we are presently wearing.  So to get to this goal we stress out and mistreat ourselves by starving and overexerting ourselves.  All that does is cause a peak and any weight loss is temporary because when you cave into the Hunger Monster that is growing within you, you end up overeating and gaining the weight back.

 Small Goals

To start off we need to think realistic and see how we can break down this goal that we want to complete.  This way we will make accomplishments and can celebrate them each step we take in the direction to accomplishing our goal.  Also, we can reward ourselves and the drive to continue will greatly increase.  Once that happens we will be on our way up the path of success. 

Losing Weight
New Year's Resolutions

Let’s start off by changing that statement to something more productive like “I Want to eat healthier”.  Eating healthier is a realistic goal and is something that you can actually control.  You can’t control how much weight you lose in a period of time.  Although we may think we have full control over our bodies losing weight depends on a few factors.  The main one is your health.  Hold on don’t lose hope you do have something you can control and that is what you actually eat.  So from this simple statement of “I want to eat healthier,” you have opened up a path that you can build from.  So the next step in eating healthier may be to plan meals, meal times and food that you buy for preparation.  Once you get this plan going you are on your way to a healthier you.  Then you will be able to incorporate other things that will help you lose weight like starting an exercise program or other activities that you enjoy.  For more pointers on healthy eating check out my post Fighting The Bulge .

Quit Smoking
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The statement of “I want to quit smoking” is an overwhelming statement to a smoker.  I have personally experienced it and when I made that statement I started doubting myself and just getting into a frenzy.  I started to think about all the things that triggered to smoke each day, from starting off my day to stressful situations where I used the cigarette as a soother. So in order not to get these mixed feelings of uneasiness and panic a better statement would be “I want to cut back on smoking”.  This gives you a window of opportunity without putting an abundance of stress on yourself.  In order to decrease smoking, you can start by working on triggers.  For instance, if you know you smoke after a meal start to replace that habit with something else like chewing gum or eating a spicy snack. The spice will decrease your craving for the cigarette.  Once you start to work on replacing your smoking sessions you will need to smoke less and will gradually begin your journey to quitting the habit.  Another incentive is to figure out what you regularly spend for your cigarettes, then set that money aside as you begin to spend less due to you cutting down on smoking.  Once you get to a significant amount reward yourself, whether it’s a subscription for something you enjoy or a treat to a manicure or massage session.  This will be a reward that will definitely keep you going on your journey to quitting.   

Save Money
New Year's Resolutions

I know we have all done this including myself, start off the year with a plan to save a large sum of money.  This never works and as the months go by the goal sinks lower and lower into failure.  Instead of putting such high expectations on yourself try a simpler goal like “I want to cut down on frivolous spending”.   This is something we can take action on immediately.  You can start off by calculating daily how much money you need to make it throughout the day for things like meals, and transportation.  Then make sure to carry out just enough funds to get what you need.  Another alternative is to think about the purpose of an item or service before purchasing it.  Taking these small steps will lead you to your goal and then you will be on your way to saving big. 

Lets Get Started

I welcome you to join me on this quest to create a sensible New Year’s Resolution. Just like you, I have been on this rollercoaster of goals and failures and it really pushes down your self-esteem.  So to avoid that let’s learn to better ourselves in small steps.  It will be well worth it and teach you that positivity and consistency pay off.   It’s not too late to start and you don’t have to overwhelm yourself in the process.  For more ideas on New Year’s Resolutions that suit your need check out this article in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Good luck with your goals and be sure to share these ideas with others.  I’m sure we all know someone who can use this information and let’s face it “Sharing is Caring”:-) 

Until next time stay positive and remember to love you first.

scarletshealthandwellness

Starting my journey to a healthier lifestyle began when I realized that the human body is like a machine. Whatever you put in it affects how it works. To allow our body to function at it's best we must care for it properly both physically and mentally. So my mission is to help others by sharing tips and ideas on ways to bettering their health.

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