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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution and Stick to It

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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution

As we enter into a new year, the idea of making some New Year’s resolutions has probably entered your thoughts at least once. But, even with the best of intentions, we often do not stick to the goals and promises that we made to ourselves at the beginning of the year.

Common statistics show that only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution actually keep it. Whether it is to lose some weight, quit smoking, or be more productive, it is not always easy to keep the lofty goals we set for ourselves. We might be able to do it for a few weeks, but after that, many of our resolutions start to fade away for another year.

So, is it possible to make a resolution and actually keep it throughout the year? Absolutely! It doesn’t matter what you want to do or what your goals are – the process for keeping them is relatively the same. Use the tips listed below to keep whatever resolution you make for yourself this year. By this time next year rolls around, you will feel more confident and accomplished than ever before.

Don’t Overdo It

One of the biggest mistakes people make in starting a resolution is that they reach for something really big right away. Starting small will feel less overwhelming, and you will be more likely to stick to it. If you have multiple goals, this is completely fine. Just make sure you focus on one at a time, instead of trying to stack everything into one major task that you have to complete.

The goal is to make realistic resolutions: Things you know that you will be able to do and keep with a little bit of effort. It is not a bad thing to have bigger dreams and ambitions, but by starting small, you won’t burn out right away and you’ll be able to keep working toward those larger exciting goals over time.

Don’t Keep It to Yourself

You might think your resolution has to be completely private and personal, but that’s not true! If you have had trouble keeping your goals in the past, then why not talk to someone about it? The more people that you talk about your resolution, the more likely it is that you’ll keep it up. People will ask you about it as a topic of conversation, so you’ll want to have something to tell them! Consider it a bit of subtle motivation.

You can also ask others to hold you accountable when it comes to your resolutions. Find someone to support you in your goals. This could be a family member, friend, or even a specific support group of people who want to achieve something similar to you. By keeping a resolution to yourself, it’s far too easy to ignore it. When others know about it, you will feel more motivated to get it done.

Expect and Embrace Setbacks

One big reason people don’t always stick to their resolutions is because if they have one minor setback, and they give up completely. Hiccups will happen. You will make mistakes throughout the year, and you won’t always stay on track with your goals the way you thought that you might. The important thing is not to let these small setbacks stop you from staying on the larger course.

Embrace setbacks when they happen, and use them as learning tools to move forward with your resolutions. Recovering from your mistakes will be half the battle, as once you have learned how to do that, staying on track to meet your big goals will be so much easier.

Give Yourself a Time-Frame

It’s easy to say something like, “I want to do this by the end of the year.” Unfortunately, it is also easy to ignore that goal for the entire year and realize at the end of it that you haven’t accomplished what you set out to do.

Giving yourself an entire year to actually work on a resolution can easily lead to procrastination. Instead, give yourself a time-frame, or several of them. Set goals based on time periods. This can be incredibly motivating, since you will want to be able to achieve certain milestones by a certain point in time. It gives you several ‘mini goals’ to look forward to, and lets you know officially when you need to have everything done. A time-frame might seem like added pressure, but it can actually work wonders in helping you to stick to your resolutions.

Use a Journal

Get into the wonderful habit of using a journal everyday. I found that once I started to use a journal I started to achieve more of my goals. Using a journal for just a few minutes every morning, is a great way to keep you on track with your exciting goals that you have set for yourself. I use my journal as a reminder to keep my goals fresh in my mind. I also use my journal to map out tasks that I must do each day to stay on course to achieve my goals. A journal is also a great way to think on paper. Record your thoughts, ideas, goals and inspiring quotes. A journal is also a great motivational tool to see just how much you have achieved over a period of time. Keeping a record of your progress will also motivate you to strive on to achieve even more.

Never Give Up

Not giving up goes along with embracing your setbacks. But, it also means you get to celebrate your victories and keep moving forward. It’s okay to recognize your accomplishments throughout the year and feel good about them. Each one is a step closer to your ultimate goal. But, don’t get complacent with these small victories. Instead, recognize them for what they are and continue down the right path.

The bottom line? You can’t get too hung up on any setbacks or lapse. The most important thing you can do when sticking to a resolution is to keep moving forward. Dust yourself off and start again immediately if you do slip up, and use any small successes as motivation to keep you moving towards your bigger goals.

A New Year’s resolution isn’t as overwhelming as we can often make it out to be. Let this year finally be the one that whatever resolution you make, becomes a lifelong habit, or a goal that you will absolutely stick to and achieve.

I hope these tips inspire you to have your best year ever.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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