Do you feel pressured to set New Year’s resolutions?
It’s actually pretty normal to feel like you have to set resolutions. After all, as soon as January strikes, it’s all you seem to hear about! Every year, I feel bombarded by television commercials trying to sell me a new gym membership or a weight-loss plan. These days, even my Instagram feed is flooded with motivational quotes and gym selfies. If you don’t selfie at the gym, it’s like you never went, right?
Of course – this is all great! There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make positive changes. The problem I have with New Year’s resolutions is that it’s hard to stay motivated throughout the year. Isn’t that why the majority of people don’t stick with their resolutions?
For most of us (myself included), the problem has never been goal-setting. We all want to do bigger and better things and be our best selves. More often than not, the problem is the follow-through.
If you’re looking for ways to stay on track this year, here are some tips that can help you stay motivated all year.
Have a creative outlet
For the last couple of years, my creative outlet has been blogging. For you, maybe it’s painting, photography, or baking. Regardless of what you’re into, it’s important to have hobbies that will allow you to express your creativity. This brings excitement into your life, but also helps to keep your creative juices flowing. As a result, you’ll find yourself focusing better at work, and feeling more excited about life.
Get enough sleep
Seriously. I know it’s hard to get to bed early, especially when you have a million and one things to do in a day…but it will help you in the long run. If you don’t sleep enough, you’ll feel foggy and sluggish all day. Sleep more and you’ll feel energized and motivated to strive toward your goals. As well, you’ll make better choices throughout the day.
Reward yourself for hitting small milestones
While it’s important to set large, long-term goals, the finish line can often feel too far off. Make note of some smaller milestones, so you can treat yourself along the way. Looking to lose weight? Buy yourself a new lipstick after you’ve lost the first 5 pounds. Trying to cut back on how much you shop? Treat yourself to your favourite latte, after you go a month without shopping.
Have a morning routine
Similar to getting enough sleep, having a morning routine is key to keeping yourself feeling motivated. The way you approach your morning sets the tone for your entire day. Make sure to give yourself enough time to eat breakfast, make your bed, and maybe even plan out your day. Starting off your day right will set you up for success!
Make changes or start a new routine on your own terms
Just because everyone else is making changes at this time of year, it doesn’t mean that you have to. Don’t forget, there are 364 other days in the year! No matter what you’re trying to do, it’s much more likely to work if you wait and start when you’re ready. For example, a couple of years ago, I wanted to lose weight, so I decided to try Weight Watchers. I started with them on a random week in the middle of April. I had a lot of success with the program, because I knew I was ready for it. There was no added social pressure to be successful. It was all on me. And you know what? I was successful!
How do you stay motivated all year long? I’d love to hear your tips, so let me know in the comments!