How To Make New Year Resolutions That Actually Stick

Happy New Year! I cannot believe it is already 2021. 2020 was the longest, strangest year! It feels like just yesterday that people were saying they can’t believe it’s 2020 and now it’s over! Did you guys do anything for the new year? If so, I hope everyone had a safe, fun celebration this year. Are you guys feeling that fresh year feeling? The start of a new year always feels so refreshing. Even though nothing really changes, it feels like a new, clean beginning and the perfect time to shed whatever is no longer serving you. I’m looking forward to all the opportunities and possibilities that this new year holds. For me, 2020 was more of a year of discovery and reflection so I am hoping that 2021 will be a year of action and implementation. It is only one day into the new year and I am already feeling a drive unlike any other. Although I am sure this feeling somewhat has to do with the excitement that comes from a new year, it also has to do with something else. That “something else” is the feeling of being sick and tired. Being sick and tired is one of those emotions that really gets you off your butt and making changes. Change starts with emotion. That is why you see so many people finally living more authethically when they experience some sort of dramatic, life altering situation. The death of a loved one, job loss, or a breakup can really transcend someone into a whole new space. This is because the emotion that they are feeling, whether it is sadness, love, anger, etc., is so strong that it completely transforms the way that they act.

That is what I am feeling this new year.

Towards the end of the year I spent A LOT of time reflecting on my life. I became more aware of my insecurities, childhood traumas, and fears. I got very acquainted with everything that is “wrong” with me. As I sit here, fresh off of reading a chapter of Badass Habits: Cultivate The Awareness, Boundaries, And Daily Upgrades You Need To Make Them Stick by Jen Sincero, I realized that I am SICK of my bad habits. I am sick of living a life of scarcity, insecurity, and fear. I don’t want to feel timid, insecure, and incapable. I no longer want to feed the negativity. I respect my brain and my heart. I want to feed it good and not bad. Anyone else feeling similarly? Right now it is really hitting me that I spend so much precious time feeling lousy. I have the potential to live life on a large scale. I am talented and strong, and instead of tapping into those things I have spent far too much time watering my insecurities. Today is the start of a new era, an era of self love and self improvement that is fueled from emotion and not logic.

Sure, it’s easy to recognize that you should respect your body enough to put that second cupcake down. We all know logically that we shouldn’t be eating excessively and trashing our bodies with junk. But what about emotionally? Do you in your heart feel disgusted by the thought of putting all that sugar in your body? Does it make you feel absolutely sick to know that you are consuming something that will drop your energy and make you feel sluggish? When you come from a place of emotion you will be more likely to make changes that stick.

Look at your list of resolutions for the year and create an “emotional why.” Ditch logic, logic does not stick. Instead, make yourself feel why this change will be good for you. If you understand that eating 3 cupcakes every night will shorten your life and prevent you from ever meeting your grandkids, chances are you will get your act together and make better choices, as oppose to your “why” being something shallow and uninteresting. A helpful tip that I got from Sincerio’s book is to write down a detailed description of how your life will look when your resolution is implemented, as well as a detailed description of what your life will look like if you do not. This is very powerful because it will help you to see and feel the benefits. When you can fully see what you are up against you weigh your options more seriously and understand that each decision that you make plays a major role in the outcome of your life and happiness. A lot of us plan our resolutions too simply and this prevents us from following through. Step into your resolution fiercely and emotionally, and allow yourself to actually have a chance to grow and live the life you have always envisioned. You will be proud of how far you will go. What are your goals for the new year? Comment below!

Let’s grow together.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicole says:

    Love your insight!

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    1. VitaminC-GreenTea says:

      Aw thank you! I really appreciate that 🙂

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