Tori’s Tips – 1/8

Toris Tips - 1/8

Tori Simons, Staff Writer

How to Stick with the “New Year New Me” Motto

Every new year individuals make it their goal to have a different lifestyle. Whether that be to eat healthier, work out more, try new things, travel more, work harder, be happier, or the same standard desires people have for the upcoming year. However, this motivation to “do better” slowly comes to an end. People may believe that there are not enough hours in the day to do so, they might say that they cannot afford this new lifestyle, or they might keep telling themselves that they will start the next day. Personally, I believe that these excuses come into play when you set goals too high that are almost unachievable at the start of the journey. Something to note about any type of goal you make for yourself, especially at the beginning of the year, is that good things take time.
One main point to stick with in order to continue with the “new year new me” motto is set reasonable goals. I am not telling you that you cannot have high standards for yourself, but make them reasonable. For example, if your goal is to get in shape and live a healthier lifestyle do not compare yourself to others. Do not look at a super model or bodybuilder and expect to be where they are or look like them in two months time. There are so many things wrong with that desire but for starters all body types are different, being in shape and having a six pack are two different things, and everyone sees results differently. Instead, make more achievable goals for yourself. Going to the gym for four days a week, putting aside five dollars a week to save up for vacation, and taking ten minutes out of your day for yourself are just a few places to start. Having reasonable goals will help you become more motivated, encourage you to continue to work towards your goals, and be happy with the journey you are experiencing to get where you want to be.
Another factor to focus on is understanding that positive results take time. For instance, do not expect to be shredded with a six pack in a month. Take the time to plan out what you want to accomplish, and be okay with that goal taking you longer than a month or two. Starting slow and steady, in order to build up to what you desire, is the right way to go about it. Most people expect quick results based on the great amount of effort they put in. Yet, sometimes the great amount of effort for a short time period isn’t enough, leading individuals to quit. If you are determined enough to accomplish your goals, the amount of time it takes should not be discouraging. Keep pushing yourself to follow your goals and make adjustments as needed throughout the journey. A huge part of obtaining a goal is powering through the expectation of results and allotted time period to achieve what you want. It is okay to change your plan in order for you to achieve your goals in the most beneficial way.
One final point to note in order to not break your new year’s resolutions is to limit your goals. Everyone wants to accomplish all that they can in the new year. They set out to have a new lifestyle and outlook in life, leading them to make ten different goals to complete by the end of the year. However, sometimes the more goals you have the less likely you are to accomplish them all. Instead, putting your full focus and effort into one goal can increase your chances of reaching it. Start with one goal, then once you complete that goal you can move on to the next. Having multiple different goals at the same time does not benefit you because you are not putting your full potential into any of them. When you give yourself the chance to thrive in one thing, you become more motivated and responsible for the next goals you set.
Ultimately, the new year is a time to improve on your life and be a better version of yourself compared to last year. So, be that better person. Set reasonable goals for yourself, understand and be okay with changing the plan if need be, and focus on one goal at a time in order to reach your fullest potential.

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