Written by: Catherine Enkema
New Year’s resolutions come and go every year, and almost no one has figured out how
to stick to them. I’m here to say that, I am not one of the people that have figured out how to follow through on monumental goals. If you are anything like me, large goals often feel intimidating and starting on it feels very taxing. This year, I find myself thinking of an excellent series I once read: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. In one book, Greg explains that his older brother Rodrick never lets his parents down because he sets their expectations low. I’m not saying that we should all sit around like Rodrick does (although that does sound quite nice), but goals are more attainable when broken down into smaller steps. We should not force monumental expectations on ourselves, only to be disappointed in a few weeks.
Let’s say your goal is to be generally healthier- Try simple steps and small goals. If you change 10% of your lifestyle every year, in ten years you would have a completely different life. That’s breaking things down into microscopic steps. But alas, as humans are naturally impatient, feel free to speed up the process. To be generally healthier, make it a goal to drink 6 cups of water per day. No giant workout, no wasted money on a gym you know you won’t go to again. Once you have that down, take a walk 5 days a week. In a month or so, try running or a more tailored workout. Progress is slow, but the hardest part of any task is beginning. I wish you all the best of luck on your goals!