Kalo Mina (Happy [new] Month) and cheers to the first post of 2017! Slacking AF lately, but something I love about the Greek language is that on the first of the month, you wish people “Kalo Mina”. If you dare scrolling back to my first ever blog post, I explained briefly that this is like wishing someone “Happy New Year” but each month! Like a reset button.
I’d also like to add that about the first week and a half to 2 weeks of the New Year are what I like to call the “Holiday Hangover”. Everyone’s trying to recover from the whirlwind of the holiday season!
The sad reality of resolutions is that most are broken before the first 30 days of the year even ends. I hear too many jokes at the end of the year like, “*scoff* This coming year’s resolution is to not make any resolutions” and too many snarky remarks at the end of January about how [NOT] well they’re going. In order to hold true to the achievements I’d like to see myself accomplish for the year ahead, I like to keep the following in mind:
Steps to Better Resolution Making
- Make a wide range of resolutions – big ones, small ones.
- Sort the resolutions in a way that makes sense to you, I like to sort my resolutions in ascending order – from the “easier”, “simpler”, “smaller” ones to the “more difficult”, “more complex” “larger” ones. Sorting from descending order, or chronological order of when you’d like to accomplish that resolution could also work too!
- Don’t be cliche, vague or generic – “I want to save more money”, “I want to lost weight”, etc
- Be specific (ties in with #3 – obvi). “On week 1 of the year, I will save $1; on week 2 – $2; on week 3 – $3… and so on and so forth”, “I will eat higher protein breakfasts and eat greens at each meal”. Being more detailed on a resolution will make it easier to achieve a broader idea like saving more money or losing weight.
- Make resolutions that are ATTAINABLE! They should range from being attainable through little effort (the “easier”, “simpler”, “smaller” ones) to an effort level that requires more analytical thinking or strategic planning (the “more difficult”, “more complex” “larger” ones).
- Decide how much work you’re willing to put into achieving these resolutions. A resolution can quickly go from unattainable to attainable depending on the effort made, i.e. “I will travel to 5 U.S. cities and get at least 2 stamps on my passport in 2017” could seem absurd to some, but if you’re willing to do the extra work to research traveling on a budget and willing to cut the $5 latte/day habit – Hello miles!!
- Take time to reflect on & evaluate your progress. At the end of each month I like to see which direction I’m going in. Am I making the small day to day changes to accomplish this resolution, and if not – what am I going to do to fix that?
However, let’s say you’re here with the end of January now behind us and a couple of your resolutions are not necessarily off to the greatest start. Do NOT sweat it! Luckily there are 11 more months, including the rest of this new month, to keep going. Failure is inevitable, and it’s okay to start with 10 resolutions at the beginning of the year and end with only 3. Sometimes narrowing it down makes things easier, and as long as those 3 resolutions were at least close to fully attained, who’s the real winner here? You.
Always stay optimistic, my butterflies!
The Glam Greek