Why We're Ditching Our New Year's Resolutions

On New Year’s, while everyone was sharing their own personal reviews of 2018, and their words for 2019, I saw a really sobering post that said, “to resolve means to find a solution to a problem. You are not a problem. The way you showed up for your life in the past year was necessary for growth and experience.” How true? Who would you be without everything that happened to you in the past year? I know I’ve faced my share of personal ups & downs this year, but knowing they got me where I am today and made me stronger of a person than I was last year, makes me that much more grateful for them.

This past year, I’ve gotten into a few routines of practicing goal setting and gratitude. In the moment, it doesn’t seem like much, just a few notes down on paper, but looking back at how my goals evolved over the year and eventually turned into routines that I now practice mindlessly, shows me how effective those small steps were. So, this year, instead of a resolution, we’re practicing practical steps for active change in your life, and we hope you’ll join us too!

So how do you approach real change you ask?

1. Understand that it’s a process and takes time. Whether it’s losing weight, building muscle, learning a new skill, or launching a business, goals that are meant to last take time to build. Looking at each goal as a marathon instead of a sprint allows you to achieve more realistic milestones and not give up after the month of January.

2. Write it down. My favorite purchase the past two years is my Cultivate What Matter Goal Planner. Not only does it set you up for a new year with 30 pages of purging the last year, diving deep into your heart’s desires, successes and failures, but it gives you places to goal set and reflect on each month. Looking back from last January, it was incredible to see how some everyday goals quickly became habits and fell off my lists, making room for new goals. However, you don’t need this specific planner, there are plenty ways to write it down. Create a vision board of photos that you can look at everyday, or even create a rewards chart for yourself when you reach certain milestones.

3. Re-visit and edit those goals often. A forgotten goal goes nowhere. Sit down at the end of each month and review those goals. What did you accomplish this month? What do you want to change for next month? Did you knock a goal off the list that you can replace with another one? Consistenly revisiting these goals will remind you of what you’re working towards.

4. Appreciate how far you’ve come. Think of this in the terms of trying to lost weight. Losing 2lbs might not seem like a lot, but when those 2lbs are accompanied by the loss of a few inches, and the gain of some muscle, you have to be proud of yourself for what you’ve accomplished, consistenly showing up at the gym, eating right, and anything else you’ve done to get even 2lbs closer to your goal.

Take some time tonight to sit down and set realistic goals for your New Year, ones that you know you can work towards implementing, and are sustainable to last until next January. What are your biggest goals? We’d love to hear, feel free to comment below!

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Written by Marisa Flacks, Founder of RISE Creative

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