It’s that time again. Time to make new goals for the new year. New Year new you and all that jazz. I’m going to say something now that might be controversial, but here it is anyways. I don’t believe in resolutions! They almost never get fulfilled, and you’re left with that oh so familiar feeling of disappointment accompanied by another dose of the same hopeful “resolutions” on January 1st of the following year. Its kind of a vicious cycle. You have no idea how many times, general resolutions such as “be more healthy” and “lose more weight” kept being recycled and disguised as “resolutions” year after year. And I almost never felt like I fully kept them at the end of the year.
So what can we do? Should we just completely give up on making these resolutions year to year? Well, not quite. Setting intentions and specific goals are great motivators and almost always required to succeed. You always have to start at an intention in order to reach the end goal whatever that may be.
Instead of making grand resolutions such as “I will eat healthier this year”, I believe it’s a bit more realistic to set specific goals and/or intentions. For example, I will incorporate more balanced meals with certain servings of protein, carbs and fat. I will cut down dairy and gluten to maybe just once a week, switch to non-dairy alternatives. These are more doable and realistic and they have a clear purpose and set of actions. And you are more likely to follow them.
Short-term goals are also something to incorporate instead of making a goal for an entire year. Why do you need to wait until January to do a dry month if that’s what you’ve been thinking about and meaning to do? Why not just start now? It’s really easy to fall into the trap of New Year resolutions folks but its almost better to just do it as Nike says. What’s the harm in starting now?