First of all, welcome back Bulldogs! I hope everyone had a great break. Making a New Year's Resolution is something that has become so popular, even among people our age. Even though it is January 12th, it is definitely not too late to make one! It doesn't need to be the cliche weight loss one either. I believe that New Year's Resolutions can be extremely powerful. It is you making taking that step towards creating a better you!
These resolutions can be extremely daunting, especially if you don't stick to them. So, I just wanted to give everyone some tips to stick with it! A better you is coming!
My resolution this year is to use the oven for more than just making pizza rolls. For me, that is easier said than done.
Here are some tips I have discovered to help make the change that you want. Coming back to school makes the resolutions especially hard to stick too, but don't worry, you can do it.
1. Tell a friend--this helps to ensure that you have someone to hold you accountable, and to encourage you on the occasional times you slip up.
2. Set small specific goals--If you are trying to make a big change in your life, don't set one big, vague goal to get you there. Big changes come by taking small steps, so set goals that are attainable and specific. This will help you to see progress, and not get discouraged. If your ultimate goal is to be healthier that is great, but it does not help you in the near future. To be healthier set mini goals--take the stairs, walk to class, have a vegetable with every meal, etc. This will help you measure your progress.
3. Write it down--don't let it just stay in your head. Write it down somewhere you will see it everyday. Write down what you do to further yourself to your goal. Seeing your progress and goals in words makes it feel that much more attainable.
4. Celebrate--When you reach one of your smaller goals make sure to celebrate it! Seeing you've made progress, and acknowledging it will only make you want to stick to your bigger goal. When I am successful at making my goal, I might splurge a bit and buy the shirt I was looking at, or even go and get a cup of coffee.
5. Lastly, STAY POSITIVE-- don't let negative thoughts be associated with your resolution or you will be that much more likely to quit it. Stay positive about it, even if you are having a bad day.
Good luck to all with resolutions! You can find a lot of ways to keep with it here at AC!