Smart Girls are goal-setters, but sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the many resolutions we set for ourselves. I know I’ve been guilty of giving up on or forgetting my resolutions after a month or even a week. If you’re like me, and you find that it’s difficult to stick to your New Year’s goals past the month of January, I have a solution for you. Staying motivated and focused in the New Year requires tangible goals, a strong support system, and some major willpower.
Every year since I can remember, my parents have made my siblings and me write down our New Year’s Resolutions. If you already do this, then great! Seeing your goals on paper makes them somewhat tangible, but achieving goals requires actual steps or means of “checking” to keep yourself in line. For example, if your resolution is to become closer with your roommates, develop tangible steps to accomplish that: see a movie with them once a month, eat dinner together once a week, go to the gym with them, ask them about their classes or families, etc. Creating tangible steps and checkpoints for meeting those goals ensures that you won’t veer off track or make excuses for yourself.
Much like how tangible goals keep you in check with your resolutions, a strong support system will do the same thing. Sharing your New Year’s resolutions with friends and family helps keep you accountable and motivated to stick with your goals. Having a support system is also like having a team of cheerleaders surrounding you! Anytime you feel like giving up on your resolutions, your supportive friends and family are right there to lift you back up and remind you who you are and where you want to be. So make sure to share your goals with supportive friends and family members, and don’t be afraid to let them know that you may need them to step in and encourage you if you feel like you’re slacking!
Willpower is the last pillar you need to possess in order to have a successful New Year and stick to your resolutions. Unlike the last two necessities, willpower is not something that you can write down and automatically possess, nor is it something that someone else can give to you. Willpower is a type of self-control that comes from within and only strengthens with practice. Possessing this characteristic gives you the strength to persevere through difficult moments of temptation and laziness. In other words, willpower is a mental energy that is essential for achieving all goals from eating healthier to studying more for tests.
Making New Year’s resolutions is easy; staying loyal to them requires a bit more effort. Smart Girls can stick to their resolutions and make the most out of 2014 by setting tangible goals, surrounding yourself with a strong support system, and practicing willpower. Happy New Year!
— Kristen McNeill