Well, it’s that time of year… when gym memberships spike and sweet treats are hidden. Where people vow to drop those last few pounds, or quit smoking, whatever their vice may be. I personally love goal setting and writing visions, but I think New Years Resolutions are a load of crap. You don’t need to wait for January 1st to start new habits or ditch unhealthy ones. You can do it right now.
I think that the problem with resolutions is that they are typically unrealistic. It’s like we put our life under a microscope at the end of year and analyze what we should change or things we should start doing. If you keep at it with this mindset, you’ll should all over yourself. And that would just be gross.
SO- stop shoulding and start doing.
Something that I’ve started doing this year that has made a significant impact on my life is writing in a gratitude journal. I try to write in it every day and I do a pretty good job of sticking to it, even on the really REALLY long days.
I write down at least 3 things that I’m grateful for and I like to do this either in the morning or before bed. I’ve also dropped the mentality that the ‘things’ have to be meaningful or deep. They can literally be anything that you’re grateful for. Almost every single entry I write down ‘mornings’, ‘coffee’, and ‘my family’. Easy peasy, right? Right!
So instead of putting all of your effort into achieving an unrealistic goal, or trying to go cold turkey on a bad habit, why not invest your energy into soaking up all of the great things you already have in your life?
Here’s the catch: you will actually feel happier if you stick to it.
Start by writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for, and if you want the extra accountability, check in with me on social media when you’ve hit your daily quota.
If all goes well…you might even find yourself paying attention to all of the little things that make you smile throughout the day. Like holding a hug a little longer than usual, or taking note of something funny that happened.
Oh- and Happy New Years!