The rise and fall of New Year resolutions
It’s a brand new year and everyone is entering 2013 with all sorts of hopes and aspirations. Yet as the year proceeds, the demands of school, family, your social life, and other commitments will most likely bog you down, preventing the fulfillment of the resolutions that were once made so excitedly and hopefully. In spite of these obstacles and responsibilities that might come in your way, it is still possible to achieve your goals. Here are 5 ways to stick to your New Year resolutions, as well as to remain excited about them.
Do what you love.
What is the point of life
if you come out of it not having done what you love? Being able to do
what you love, especially
as a career, is very fulfilling and value adding to your life. No ambition is too silly to be overlooked. If you’ve always secretly dreamt of learning how to dance, it’s not too late to start. If you have spent years of your life sitting around being afraid that your writing is not good enough to be read by others (like me!), start venturing out from where you are. The most beautiful thing about a passion is that people can tell how much you enjoy it when you do it. When they look at you, you glow.
Do it alone.
Envious of parkour masters, but can’t find anyone who wants to learn it as well? Take classes alone. Want to shed some weight? Give one café-hopping outing with your girlfriends a miss, especially if they’re going to visit that pastry shop stocked full with mouth-watering and calorific cakes. Although having friends to support you while you strive for your goals can be empowering and encouraging, each person comes with their own set of goals and dreams, and it might not be possible to always have friends around you. Don’t be afraid to do things alone. Learn how to be away from familiarity, and recognize that you are still loved and accepted by others even if you do things alone.
Do what you don’t love.
More often than not, fulfilling our dreams involves a lot of blood, toil, sweat, and tears. It’s rarely an easy climb up the slope of success, but it needs to be done. Nothing worth keeping ever comes easy. You learn valuable lessons along the way. Hard work, such as a gruelling internship, a boring administrative job, or even simply running 4 kilometres three times a week, could provide you with the money, experience, and agility to achieve what you originally set out to do.
One of the most common downfalls of New Year resolutions is due to the absence of accountability. We tend to set goals for ourselves idealistically, rarely taking into account how reality acts as a major obstacle to achieving them. By keeping a journal to keep track of your progress, or having a trusted friend hold you accountable to your goals, they become much more achievable.
Do it now.
If not now, then when?
Editor: Cherie Anne Lian