In the new year, I resolve to….

……carry doing most of what I did in 2016. With a few extra changes. And not just in the new year, I intend to do them all through 2017!

New years resolutions – for many many years now I’ve decided not to make any. Mostly because of previous experience of never having actually stuck to one in my life! I like the idea of making new years resolutions – going into a new year with plans to make changes to yourself, your lifestyle or whatever, for the better. But more often that not people unfortunately don’t stick to them and it all ends up being a bit disappointing. Having good intentions is great, but intentions are nothing if you don’t have the motivation to carry them out to their fullest.

And in the past, I’ve not been any different. I used to make resolutions that in the back of my mind, I knew I wouldn’t keep for longer than about 2 or 3 weeks, even though I’d somehow managed to convince myself that I’d absolutely keep them going until the end of the year.

I think it was the types of resolutions I used to make that was my downfall. I tended to go for the typical ‘big’ things with no thought about how I was going to do it. After a few weeks when I wasn’t making any progress or it didn’t seem like it was going to turn out how I wanted, I just gave up. So after a few years, I just didn’t bother making any anymore.

The past 2 years I’ve not made any ‘traditional’ resolutions. I’ve instead made some resolutions of things to live by, rather than make resolutions of things to change. And it’s worked really well for me. I haven’t had to focus on making any life changes. I haven’t let myself down or disappointed myself in any way. I’ve just continued to live in a way that makes me happy in life. And that’s what my resolutions have been about. Things I’m keen not to forget I suppose.

For 2017 I’ve decided on making similar resolutions to previous years, but with one addition. There is one thing that I must change in order to achieve something I want to do, so in that respect, I have made a specific resolution this year. It’s not something ‘big’ but it’s something I need to change and so I’m determined to achieve it. And I truly believe I will. It’s one of those lifestyle changes that once you’re used to the change you’ve made, it’s easy enough to keep it going.

So, if you’re stuck on what resolutions to make, whether it be for 2017 or for any future new year, my advice would be to pick things that are a bit challenging but that you genuinely think you can achieve. Have a plan for how you’re going to achieve them. Take things in small steps. Always have one eye on what the end goal is so you know why you’re doing it. Keep focussing on the positives. And if you need to make an adjustment to help you achieve the goal then make it! Don’t make a resolution if it’s not achievable during the year and avoid the disappointment of failing.

Happy new year to you, and lots of luck with whatever resolutions you’ve made for yourself for 2017!

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