New Year, New You - How Do You Make 2019 Different?
You’ve likely heard of New Year's resolutions by now. You’ve likely made some. You’ve almost certainly broken some. You may have even held some. If so, you deserve all the admiration in the world. New Year's resolutions and ‘New Year, New Me’ feelings are often the easiest things to break, and with rapidity. It’s pretty hard to figure out why. Why should they be so tempting to break? Is it because committing ourselves to a lifetime goal due to an artificial date that often starts with a party is something that might not have the utmost sincerity behind it? This might just be one reason.
However, no matter if you’re the largest New Year's party person or not, it can be hard to continue this ‘New You’ idea when you’re not completely dedicated to it. Does that mean it’s not worth doing? Not necessarily, sometimes there can be real benefits from making a hard and fast decision to change your habits. However, we’d suggest you focus on this advice in order to make it actually work this year:
Follow Your Love
It’s always going to be difficult if you take a New Year's resolution as something restricting you, a limit placed in order to make things relatively inconvenient on a daily basis. The reason we stick to our habits is that they are easy, and this is why it’s so easy to fall back into them. The apparent words of Socrates can be extremely worthwhile to ponder here: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” This means finding something you love in order to replace that you wish to change can be the best means forward, and cannot block your love, but aim it in a healthier direction. This is healthy and is worth your time through and through.
Focus On One Thing
Focusing on one thing at a time can be the most important thing possible, so long as you’re willing to give your all to it. Just try and change one habit in the New Year. Don’t try and fix absolutely everything you need to. Once you have conquered one mountain, you will be strengthened for the next, and it’s not hard to see how that can remain absolutely worthwhile for you and your motivation.
Connect & Invest
Be sure to connect to others, and invest in the hobby to ensure you feel the momentum to keep up with it. For example, purchasing gym equipment that best works for you, and heading to a weight loss studio for women while making friends is sure to help you feel more inclined to go again and again, as this will become your new normal. Emotional connection, ease of habit and knowing you are invested with your financial capability and time can ensure you make this a priority of your life, not just something you do because you have to.
With these tips, you’re sure to find a "New You" in the "New Year".