These New Year’s Resolutions are simple and realistic, that you can easily accomplished little by little.
Happy New Year everyone! We have made it! Yay!
Well, it’s the second week of January, all the excitement and partying is over with and we are back to normal now. Yep! Once school is back in session, the holidays are over and done with, then it’s back to reality! So now, it’s safe to talk about New Year’s Resolutions.
Do you believe in New Year’s Resolutions?
Are you a believer in New Year’s Resolution? Do you start and then stop after two weeks, or before January is even finish? Are you a dedicated person that sticks to them and at least accomplishes 80% of your goal?
Every year we all find ourselves writing down what we want to accomplish for the New Year. What do we say, “New Year, New Me!” Even I am guilty of this statement. But I think if we create realistic and attainable goals, we all can at least accomplished 95% of them.
No New Year’s Resolutions, only Realistic Goals
Personally, I stop making New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I try not to call them that because when I was younger, I forget about them before January even finished. Hey, don’t judge me. I set myself up for failure. So, as I get older, I set goals that I know I can stick to. Even if it’s up until Easter (lol, it is something), but at least I know I didn’t quit two weeks after setting them.
As a Jamaican, we have a saying, “Don’t put your basket where you can’t reach it”. Simple choose goals that you know you can reach. If you are not comfortable in a gym with people looking at you, don’t go pay money for a gym membership and end up losing money you could be using for something else.
Five New Year’s Resolutions
The following are 5 New Year’s Resolutions that’s are simple, realistic and smart to accomplish, anyone can at least attempt to do one or five. You got this, let’s go.
1. Get in shape/Losing weight
I think losing weight is the top resolution for everyone. We all choose an exercise program (Like gym membership) and a diet plan. Within a week or so we are all wrapped up in bed, watching movies and eating ice-cream. Start small and then gradually increase as you go along.
YouTube has a lot of videos that can assist you right in your home (the place you are comfortable in). Guess what? That’s what I am doing. I found a walking program on YouTube and so far, so good. Just take it one step at a time. You got this!
2. Spending less and Saving more
I think we are all guilty of spending more than what we have, instead of saving for those rainy days. We choose to go overboard on things we don’t need and end up with way more, then it’s just sitting there covered with dust.
Before swiping that card ask yourself this question, ‘Do I need it?’ Personally, I am so guilty of this. I love going to the Dollar Tree because in my mind I am telling myself it’s only $1, that can’t hurt my pocket. So I will go in there just to buy 3 items and come out with 18 items. I may need 12 items, but the other 6 items could have stayed on the shelves.
We must stop spending over our budget and save that money to go towards a bill, a mission fund at your Church or even open a special saving account to take $20.00 out of your paycheck. Imagine the amount of money you will have at the end of the year. If you get paid every two weeks by the end of the year you would have saved $480.00 to buy Christmas gifts for your family and friends or better yet, to spend on yourself.
3. Self evaluation
A lot of us go through life without realizing that growth is a big part of life. Some people still aren’t acting their age (no judgement here), but still acting like a spoiled child throwing tantrums when life doesn’t go their way. Look in the mirror and see where and how you need to change. Hey, no one is perfect, we all need a reinvention now and again.
So, there must be something that needs to be remove from your life. Perhaps it’s the friends you have. It’s okay to sign the divorce paper to some friends and family members that don’t mean you no good. Yes, close that chapter.
Maybe, it’s the way how you talk to people, thinking its funny. Treat people the way you want to be treated, simple. Or you perhaps your self-esteem needs to be increase, so you stop choosing the same relationships repeatedly that ends up in heartbreak.
Self-love is very important. You must love yourself first before you can love anyone else. Before I met my husband, I used to go to the movies by myself. Nope, it wasn’t that I didn’t have friends to go with, but sometimes you must spend time with ‘You’. People used to laugh at me for doing this, but I did it anyways. Sometimes it should be all about you.
4. Learning something new
This one can either make you better or break you. I think learning something new can be rewarding, depending on how you look at it. Say for instance speaking a new language, for example Chinese. Speaking a different language can be challenging. So, before you spend all that money and end up giving up 2 weeks after. I say why not know the basics like hello, day, night, love, family, car, food etc. Learn the basic, so therefore if you decide that learning Chinese isn’t working out for you, then you won’t be stuck with 6 modules with CD’s for each one.
There are tons of things you can learn, that you have access to right at your fingertips. Everyone has a phone now and Google and YouTube can be your friend. Better yet, check with your Alumni to see if they are offering any free classes for you to attend. Hey, that’s another certificate to add to your resume, that could eventually give you a promotion (pay raise).
5. Breaking a habit
We are all guilty of this one. There is something that we do that we continue to tell ourselves that we are going to break from it. For example: stop smoking; eat less sweets; less alcohol consumption etc. Listen, I don’t know your budget to tell you what lifestyle you can or cannot do with your money, but what I can say is to look at the bigger pic, your health. We both know what smoking leads to; what too much sweets leads to or even what excessive drinking leads to, I don’t have to tell you. I know it’s easier said than done, plus, I am not your Mother to tell you what to do. But what I can say is don’t say you can’t, just try. One step at a time.
I remembered when me and husband said we are going to do a fruit, vegetable and water diet during the Lent season last year. As a Jamaican, we love our home cook meals every day. So trying to just eat fruits and vegetable was truly hard at first, but we didn’t give up. Our bodies started to react a certain way. Plus, I still had to cook meals for my two children. So imagine the self discipline I had to develop to not even eat one little bite. But eventually going into the second week we started to get the hang of it. It became natural to us, having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was different but I knew that we were loosing weight too.
Forming New Habit
I have heard that if you want to form a new habit or break away from one, you have to do it for 3 weeks/21 days. Hey, if it is something to better our lives, then why not try it. We have one life to live, live it with a purpose, so that generations after you can be blessed.
New Year, New You!
So out of these five Resolutions, which one are you going to start? Better yet, what are your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you started yet? A New Year is a new start to open the book to write a new chapter on this life journey. Start fresh! Make it count. New Year! New You!
You can also check this Mason Jar Journal idea and Tips to have a Clear Vision for the New Year.
Please let me know what you think about these New Year’s Resolutions by leaving a comment in the comment section below.
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Blessings and Love, as you carry on, on your YouNique Journey!
Thursday 17th of January 2019
I agree, the best way to reach a goal is to start small! I've been trying the same thing this year. We'll see how it goes!
Friday 18th of January 2019
Hi Lindsey, you are on the right track...starting small. Wishing you all the very best...you will do awesome.
Wednesday 9th of January 2019
New way to start the year!!
Saturday 12th of January 2019
Hi Blaine, yes it is.