(CMR) It's another year and another set of resolutions. Remember you made several resolutions at the beginning of last year. How many of those did you manage to achieve? Were those goals realistic? As we start in 2021, let us make realistic resolutions and set small goals that will lead to even bigger results.
The first step to making realistic resolutions is to have a personalized list of things you want to accomplish. Do not set a goal because everybody wants to achieve that. Here are some popular New Year's resolutions and suggestions on how you can personalize them.
- Get fit/lose weight– Almost everyone with a New Year's resolution list plans to lose weight or get fit; however, few get to the gym as they planned or stop eating all the unhealthy food. Perhaps it would be easier to set a goal to use less sugar, drink more water, or use the stairs instead of the elevator. These simple goals will still contribute to you losing weight and becoming more active.
- Stop procrastinating– This is a big resolution for many people. We are often in the habit of putting things off. But how do we accomplish this? I am sure some people made that resolution last year. How did that work out for you? It may be easier not to take on too many unnecessary tasks or break large tasks into small sections, so your work does not seem difficult.
- Have more fun/relax more– At the beginning of the year, many people plan to have more fun because we all know life is short. But we often don't get around to it. Having fun does not only mean traveling and vacationing in exotic locations. You can start by watching a movie at home. You could play with the children, take a walk in the park, or sleep more.
- Spend more time with friends and family– Sometimes, we regret not spending more time with family, and with a pandemic, it was challenging to spend time with our friends and family last year. You may want to volunteer to drive your aunt to the supermarket each week. That will allow you to spend time without having to pull yourself to go to her home when you have so much to get done. You would be surprised that volunteering to get simple things done for a family member would allow you to spend more quality time with them.
- Be happy– We never know what will happen in our lives, so we cannot predict our feelings. However, we can always do the simple things that make us happy. If you love going to the beach, go to the beach more frequently.
- Be kind to others– You may want to help that mother who is out of a job, but you don't have the money. A kind word can be just as effective. You could give a compliment; tell that mother how much you admire her dedication to taking care of her children. You never know how much better you could make her feel even in her situation.
- Become financially stable-We all want financial stability, which is a very challenging goal for many of us. While we may plan to start our own business and get better jobs, it may be easier to stop buying unnecessary things and save more. It is always good to have a business and be in an excellent job, but it will be even better if we make better financial decisions, starting with the way we spend.
Your goals may not be included in this list, but whatever you wish to accomplish, set realistic goals. Personalize your goals; do not just choose some resolutions you see on the internet. Make 2021 the year you do more.