by Sarah Nelmes, Professional Recruiter
Confession and unpopular opinion: I don’t like New Years resolutions. Why wait until January to become a better version of yourself? There are lists upon lists of resolutions from paying off debt to being kinder. If you happen to want to set some goals and it just happens to coincide with January 1st, then let us recommend that you consider resolutions that will add to your life instead of taking away. Put down the goofy glasses (and let’s face it, 2020 is almost as good as 2000 was for those), noise makers, and party hats for a few minutes to see what’s really worth investing in your resolutions for the new year.
Keep it simple. Set resolutions you can actually stick to. Most people can’t quit smoking cold turkey, so be kind to yourself and remember that achieving a bigger goal means having little successes along the way. Try not to lose sight of the big picture, but give yourself credit for hitting those little milestones too.
Write it down. Statistically you’re more likely to achieve a goal if you write it down and can visualize it. Like, every day, on a sticky note on your mirror or desk. Seeing your resolution on a daily basis will remind you what you’re working towards and may help you make decisions throughout your day that get you closer to your goal.
Engage a support system. You don’t climb Everest without a sherpa. It’s easier to hit a goal when you have help. Similar to putting your resolutions in writing, verbalizing can increase your chances of achieving them and help you hold yourself accountable. If one of your resolutions is learning a new skill or achieving something physical, consider enlisting a specialist.
2020 and the next decade is going to be what you make it. Every new day is an opportunity to live your best life and be your best self. Choose to invest in yourself, choose happiness. If you’re a die hard new year resolutions fan, then go for it, make that list and crush it. Good luck with everything you set out to achieve and cheers to the ‘20s!