2016 is finally here and you know what that means… time for the New Year, new me attitude. But instead of coming up with a long list of New Year’s resolution ideas that will probably be broken by the end of the month, try to narrow your list down to a few realistic goals. According to Oxford Dictionaries realistic means, “having or showing a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected.” Now we’re not saying you shouldn’t think outside the box and attempt to do something new, but are you really going to save half of every paycheck or run three miles a day when you’ve barely walked a mile in the last six months? Probably not. Being realistic and starting small with no more than five resolutions should work; it will be easier to keep track of your resolutions.
One easy way to come up with a few New Year’s resolution ideas would be to think about past resolutions and weed out the unrealistic ones. Try to figure out why you didn’t stick to them and what you can do differently this time around. We definitely don’t want you to feel pressured to take our advice, but we’re here to give you a few ideas and help you take on the resolutions that will actually benefit you. Keep reading to check out our suggestions.
Simplify your options
Previously, we talked about making your resolutions more realistic, but it’s all about crawling before you walk. Take what you really want to do in life and break it up into small goals. If you want to lose weight, focus on improving your diet first. What’s the point of working out three to five times a week when you’re still eating junk food regularly?
Shorten your resolution deadline
Think about doing monthly or weekly challenges instead of dragging your resolution out for six to twelve months. There are plenty of money saving and work out challenges and diet bets that will force you to put your money where your mouth is; which will help you keep your resolution (especially if another one of your resolutions is to stop wasting money).
Consider breaking bad habits
We know that the resolution to quit smoking is one of the most commonly broken resolutions ever, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make it a resolution. If you’re goal for the year is to improve your overall health, you can’t improve your health and still smoke. Take baby steps when it comes to tackling your bad habits. You want to break the habit not the resolution.
Also, consider forming beneficial habits. The most beneficial resolution would be to form the habit of spending time with God each day. Start a daily Bible reading plan; the Bible app has an entire list of plans — devotional, topical, and ones that guide you through the entire Bible.
Make your life easier
The point of New Year’s resolutions is to do something that benefits you. Seriously think about what will make your life easier and go for it. It could be becoming more organized, learning a new skill or way of doing things, taking on a lucrative hobby that will relieve financial stress, or going back to school to get the degree that will allow you to quit the job you hate.
Whatever New Year’s resolution ideas you decide to take on make sure they will help you to not necessarily become a “new” you but a better you. Monitor your goals by keeping track of your progress. Know that all things are possible with God; He is your foundation, and with His guidance and strength you’ll be able to take on anything. Let us know your New Year’s resolutions; we would love to know what you have planned for 2016!