Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 by Justin Sanders
The start of a new year brings many new things and making resolutions is one thing that people get excited about. Many people use this time of year as an opportunity to attempt to change one thing they dislike about themselves. Some people make goals, but most of them forget about the resolutions after a few weeks. The problem lies in the fact that many of the resolutions are unreasonable.
A few people stretch their imagination too far in an attempt to turn their life around, while others use this as a chance to change one small flaw they might have. I fall into the category of trying to make a small change and, even then, things can be difficult. Last year, I attempted to give up drinking soda. This only lasted until Spring Break when I gave in and fell off the wagon and never looked back.
I think New Year’s resolutions are a good way to change one thing about yourself, but if you are going to make one, you might want to try to make it obtainable.. Many may get discouraged if they set a goal that may take a while to reach. A lot of people set the goal of losing weight, but when the weight does not come off as expected, they soon decide to give up on the entire idea. People also have difficulty finding time to exercise and the lure of fatty foods make the daunting task of losing weight even harder.
It is important to make goals you know you can achieve. If you are going to set a goal like losing weight, you have to remember that it takes time to do so. Do not set your expectations too high, it takes time to adjust to life-style changes. Just because something is difficult shouldn’t mean you give up on it.
If you do not think you can make a drastic change, start with something easy like trying to stop a bad habit, like biting your nails. If you are going to try to change a more monumental flaw, start small and set yourself up for success. These are goals that can be achieved through hard work and determination. Just don’t forget what your goal was when you originally started and if you have already broken your resolution two weeks into the new year, don’t give up, you can still succeed, January 1 isn’t the only time you can improve on who you are.