2016 is coming to a close and with that we are reflecting on the events this year brought us. The internet is flowing with serious videos of well-known figures that have passed away and humorous videos of songs about how crappy 2016 was. It seems that many people are celebrating the ending of 2016 this year rather than the usual celebrations of the New Year to come.
Either way, with a new year comes new opportunity. And the tone and possibilities for 2017 are still up in the air. While none of us can really control what will happen in the world in 2017, we do have some control over what will happen in our world. And so it is time to decide who you will be in 2017. New Year’s resolutions have been falling out of popularity over recent years, but more than ever 2017 needs to bring back this tradition.
Who will you be in 2017? Will you decide to better yourself, or the world around you? It is hard to ignore the political situation with the coming of the New Year. And whether you are happy that Obama is leaving or scared that Trump is entering, it is up to all of us to set the mood for 2017 and add goodness into our communities. It’s time to be proactive. So, to help you get started, here is a list of 39 New Year’s resolutions to make 2017 a more positive, active, and successful year, along with tips on how to accomplish those resolutions.
Lose weight/build muscle – Tip: sign up for a competition, join a gym, or start a “biggest loser” competition with your friends
Manage stress better – Tip: meditate each morning, plan your days, let go of the little things, focus on the bigger picture
Eat healthier – Tip: educate yourself on healthy foods, join an organic food club or a fresh produce club, try a new vegetable each week, plan your meals ahead of time
Exercise more – Tip: go for hourly walks, set a weekly workout goal, join a gym or a running group
Have better sleep – Tip: go to bed earlier, write down your thoughts before bed, meditate before bed, stop eating 3 hours before sleep
Be more active – Tip: run a half or full marathon, spend more time outside, watch less TV, bike more, sign up for a triathlon
Drink more water – Tip: give up soda and switch it out for water, drink water before each meal or snack, carry a bottle with you
Stop a bad habit – Tip: quit smoking, quit drinking, stop snacking in bed, stop biting your nails
Hopefully this list either provides you with a New Year’s resolutions that fits your needs or triggers an idea. Your work isn’t done here though. This list is all written in typical New Year’s resolution style. However, most people don't’ actually accomplish their New Year’s resolutions and part of the reason for that is the way they are written. 3 simple steps can increase your likelihood of meeting your NYR for 2017.
1. Define your goal. I am going to work with the NYR of exercising more. I need to define what exercising is more to make sure I know whether I met my goal. This can be as simple as me saying I will work out for 45 minutes per day 5 days per week. So I can run, bike, swim, lift, paddle board, whatever I like – as long as I am constantly moving.
2. Measure your goal. I also want to make sure I am feeling better from this exercise. So I need some sort of benefit measure. I am going to pick running faster as my benefit measure because most of my exercise will be running. I will start by running 3 miles now and timing myself and writing down how I felt after. Now at the end of the year I will run the same 3 mile route, time myself again and write down how I feel. The goal is to be able to run faster and feel better at the end of the year.
3. Accountability. It is much more difficult to achieve a goal when you are the only one who knows about it. It becomes much too easy to ignore the goal and pretend you never set it. However, if you tell everyone, post your progress publicly and find someone to check in on you each week, or even better, work toward the same goal with you, you become much more likely to reach the goal.
After all this my NYR to exercise more looks like this:
In 2017 I will exercise more. This means I will work out for 45 minutes, 5 days per week for the entire year of 2017. I am currently able to run 3 miles in 23 minutes. My goal is to be able to run 3 miles in 20 minutes. I have told my parents and best friend about this goal. I have joined a running group that will help me reach this goal and they will keep me accountable and run with me. I am writing down my progress and daily workouts in my Self Management Planner. On the first Sunday of each month I will run 3 miles and write down my progress.
Good luck on your goals for 2017! For any support in creating goals or managing your progress this year, contact Self Management Solutions for private consulting and behavior management.