Sophrosyne

How do you want to live your life?

Setting realistic resolutions

on January 2, 2013

Hello there,

It has been a while since my last post, being away and one of the craziest and busiest time of the year. Hope you have attended many parties and caught up with many friends. The first thing that I would like to bring up in 2013 is on the topic of setting New Year resolutions. Let’s face it, we all do that in one way or another. Some of us write it down while the rest of us choose not to have it on paper in case we ‘jinx’ it!

Many people fail to stick to their new goals simply because they are unrealistic. I daresay more than 50% of the population will have a goal related to eating more healthily, eat less junk, drink less alcohol….etc. Then we go and set the start date to be the 1st of Jan, which incidentally will always be a public holiday and for many of us, still a day where we continue on our festivities. So, where does that leave us? Yep, the feeling that we failed even before we started! Why? Because we go to a New Year’s day party and attempt to start our healthy eating regime and only managed to stay on it for 1 hour before we decide that it is no fun to be at a party and not be part of it.

Therefore, instead of going to the extreme end and not set any goals at all. How about setting more achievable ones? Instead of going cold turkey on junk food, try reducing the days you have junk, then gradually increase the number of days. There is absolutely nothing wrong with pacing yourself. In fact, many scientific journals can confirmed that gradual and long termed changes are more permanent and have higher chances of lasting longer than short bursts of energy spikes.

Another point to note while setting goals is your motive for choosing these goals. Is it for yourself or are you doing it to please others? Being clear about this point is crucial to the success of achieving your goals because whenever you feel like giving up, you need to know where to look for inspiration.

No matter what your goals are for 2013, I sincerely hope that choosing to be happy is one of them. Like I mentioned so many times before, life is too short and unpredictable. Happiness is not a given, it requires hard work and personal choice.You do not need someone else to make you happy, all you need is for you to choose to be happy. Easy as that! With that, I wish everyone all the happiness you can handle, and it can never be too much!

I read this cute message on a card:

‘The only person you are destined to be is the person you decide to be.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a spectacular year!

 

 


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