ART BY SAMANTHA PARRA
By CHARIS QI
We have all heard of the generic “My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight!” that is broken or forgotten just a few days after. From losing weight to eating a healthier diet, many people are quick to give up on their New Year’s hopes and goals.
Nowadays, New Year’s resolutions are decreasing in commitment and success. Although many people give up because of laziness or lack of time, they assume the reason for failure to be because they set a resolution. As a result, having resolutions are increasingly seen in a negative light and have become useless ideas that people just forget. However, the real problem lies primarily in the attitude of the people themselves—and the meaningless goals that they set.
In completing a goal or plan, the person’s attitude plays a major role in deciding whether this person succeeds or not. Naturally, when it comes to New Year’s resolution, the significance of attitude is not any different. While people do know of this fact, many choose to neglect or ignore it.
Even so, when mindsets go downhill, the goal itself is sometimes to blame.
People may give up because they become uninterested in their goals after a few days. For example, if a person has set the goal of losing weight, he or she may lose interest because exercise is boring to them.
Nevertheless, there is one solution to problem: setting a more impactful resolution.
When a more meaningful, in-depth, and realistic objective is set, the person is obviously more likely to dedicate their time. A meaningful resolution can be done through thinking thoroughly about the goal, which has to include a realistic, motivating factor. An in-depth resolution means a change in someone’s life that really improves himself or herself. If the goal helps you improve yourself, think of a realistic and encouraging factor so the goal is easier to reach physically and mentally. All in all, a more realistic resolution means more than committing to a goal that has little meaning or value to his or her life just because everyone else is doing it..
For example, if losing weight happens to be your New Year’s resolution, think of several reasons why it might benefit you personally. Several reasons could be to improve your health, increase your sleep, or to enhance joint movement. If these factors are important to you, then devoting your time to exercising should be easier than exercising just to meet your goal. Overall, finding a resolution you care about is essential to your success and its effects.
In setting yourself up for success, the first step is to look for the mental aspects that need to be improved before you look for the physical aspects. Aim to better your mental self, or your attitude and outlook on life before you try to enhance physical image. Then, think thoroughly about how the resolution will improve you, which means thinking of a realistic and motivating factor. This factor will validate your goal and prove its meaningfulness. The second to last step is to act and achieve your goal; nevertheless, once you have completed the first two steps, achieving and succeeding should be the easiest part. The final step, if possible, is to implement into your routine. If your goal was to maintain a healthy habit, then make sure your habit has secured a place in your life.
Ultimately, you need a resolution that has meaning to you. Make a resolution beyond the typical ones; and, in the end, you may learn more about yourself than you ever have before.