Keeping Your Resolutions in 2018

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“New year, new me.” We hear it every year, but New Year resolutions have become somewhat of a negative thing over the years. They used to mean a fresh start or a chance to learn from the mistakes of the year before. Now people see them as a symbol of failure and what they did not accomplish during the year prior. There is a chance of failure with everything we do, but that does not mean we should not try.

As an avid resolution-maker, I have some tips that may help you keep your resolutions:

1. Know yourself.

You should know what you are capable of and what will make you happy.


2. Write them down and keep them visible.

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I have my resolutions written on a decorative piece of paper that sits on my desk. You can even make a vision board. The more you envision your goals, the more likely you’ll be able to accomplish them.


3. Be realistic in what you can accomplish.

Don’t set ridiculously high expectations for yourself; you know what you can handle.


4. Start small.

If this is your first time making resolutions, don’t expect to be able to accomplish anything and everything all in one year.


5. Break down your resolutions.

Set small goals for yourself each month rather than one big goal for the whole year. For example, if you want to get healthy in 2018, start by introducing more vegetables into your diet throughout the month of January.

Photo: In February develop a workout plan, and so on. By the end of the year, you will have accomplished 12 goals rather than one almost impossible resolution.

6. Don’t be too hard on yourself You may fail, and that’s okay. It is not a one-day process. You can try again tomorrow. Photo: Pexels There is something very therapeutic about having a fresh start every so often. Even if you look back on 2018 and feel like you did not accomplish anything, trying and putting forth effort is what really counts.