How do you actually DO a resolution?
The truth is, you make resolutions everyday. You’ll vow to do something tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day. So what’s so different about a new years resolution? And how do you actually do one?
I’m all about planning. So much so that I often create a lot more work for myself than is necessary. However, I truly believe that there is no problem with brainstorming, setting goals, and making a plan to achieve them. And isn’t that what a resolution is anyway?
Your resolution doesn’t mean much until you attach a plan to it. My favourite life hack is to break down tasks into small, simple, digestible steps. They seem less daunting while you’re doing them and SO DARN SPECTACULAR once they all come together.
So I’m all for resolutions. But you should peek at my list of 3 ideas below to get the most out of whatever you resolve to do this coming year.
- GO BIG.
Even the biggest, most elaborate ideas can be achieved through many, small, precise, consecutive steps. The most important part about going big is understanding that it is your will power and dedication that will determine your success, NOT THE IDEA ITSELF. So start with something big and keep in mind that successful ideas were not initial ideas, that drawing boards are real, and that revisions mean you’re progressing. You’re going to change your idea a million times along the way anyway. So choose something out of this world, accept it will change for the better, and you’ll be headed somewhere great.
- PEN AND PAPER, BABY.
All you haters can keep on hating. There is literally nothing better than writing something out. Whether it be a brainstorm, a note, a list, a calendar, a sketch, a chart, a graph, or a smiley face. We like to create things with our hands so please let yourself do that. Write things out before, during, and after your resolution and planning process. Do not be too shy to draw a picture. You’ll thank yourself around this time next year for doing so.
- GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD.
We’ve all seen overthinking and negative thought get the best of us. So get out of your head and try something. You will not know if something is possible until you get off your butt and give it a whirl. And even if it has already been done, try it for yourself anyway – if it’s pretty safe. Only good things come from putting yourself in unfamiliar territory. So stop thinking about it and just do it. Because you probably can.
Cassandra Gentile is a nutritionist providing nutrition and lifestyle consulting in Vaughan, Ontario.