Setting ambitious goals for a new year always seems like a good idea, right? But did your New Year’s resolutions already fail? If so, don’t beat yourself up because you are not alone. Around 90% of resolutions are dropped before February even begins. Why? Because we are absolutely terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions.
Even a committed person who follows through on things will find it difficult to stick to a sudden and abrupt lifestyle change. And even the best of us start making excuses by the time the second week of January hits.
While nobody wants to throw up their hands and admit defeat, there might be a reason these well-intentioned changes don’t last. What if someone told you it’s not that you failed, but the fact you didn’t set yourself up for success in the first place? Maybe it’s time to change the name of the game and get rid of the New Year’s resolution all together for something better.
Rather than being upset that you weren’t able to commit to a brand-new lifestyle, why not make some positive changes in a different way? Here are some healthier alternatives for when your resolutions didn’t quite pan out. You’ll find them easier to stick to and a lot better for your mental health.
Commit to People Instead of Things
A gym membership, strict diet, and quitting a bad habit are all admirable goals, but they can be challenging to take on all at once. So instead of committing to new things to do, why not commit to the people you want to spend time with? Life is too precious to spend it wrapped up in the next obstacle, or with people and things that bring you down. As much as possible, surround yourself with those who uplift you, challenge you, and support you in becoming who you want to be. You’ll find it a lot easier to commit to cultivating healthy relationships than to five days a week at the gym.
Process the Last Year
It’s great to have goals for the new year, but when you only concentrate on the year ahead, you can forget what got you here in the first place. Spend some time processing all that happened this past year—the good, the bad, and all that fell in between. Hold Back on passing judgment, and instead respect that everything was part of your journey, helping you build the groundwork for your future.
Practicing gratitude on a regular basis can help you maintain a renewed perspective and free you away from daily stress. This year make a list of all the things in life that make you thankful. It’s important to reflect on why you are grateful for these things because the why is often left out of basic gratitude practices. You’ll probably begin to see a pattern for what’s important in your life and what sparks joy!
Make a Happy List
One of the bad things about New Year’s resolutions is that they usually come from a pessimistic, prohibitive position: stop eating sugar, lose weight, spend less time in front of the TV, etc. So why not create a happy list? This simple, positive list can remind you that there are so many awesome, inspiring, and fun things you can do this year to make you a better person.
At Incann, we believe the way you live your life is just as important as any supplement that you take. By living with intention and surrounding yourself with positivity, you have the freedom to develop your own reality, and make 2020 your best year yet!