It’s universally known that New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep and for the most part, it’s true. Maybe our ideas are too grand or our expectations are too high, which is why so many of us give up half way through January.
Why not make this the year you resolve to stick to your resolutions (See what we did there?) by making small resolutions that will have a big effect! The most important reason to think small is because these are the ones that will ultimately change your life.
They say it only takes 21 days of doing something for it to become a habit, so if you’ve made it to February and you’ve stuck to your resolutions then pat yourself on the back; you’re well on the way to changing your life for the better.
Wondering what a small, but life-changing resolution might be?
1. Be kind to yourself every day
Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend. The next time you’re about to launch into a tirade about your hair, your weight or your ‘disastrous’ love life, pause and talk to yourself the way you would to a pal. You’d be surprised how rare these thoughts become when they’re not given time to grow.
2. Save a small amount every week
Take the task out of your own hands and set up a direct debit with your bank so you don’t even see the money leave your account. If you save as little as €10 a week, the cost of just one cocktail ladies, then by this time next year you’ll have accumulated a whopping €500 without even noticing! Jackpot.
3. Challenge yourself once a fortnight
In the spirit of avoiding those hard-to-keep resolutions, we’re not suggesting you master Portuguese in six months, but how about doing something that you would normally shy away from every two weeks? It can be as little as going for a coffee on your own or making that phone call you’ve been dreading. Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone is the quickest way to change your life.
4. Do something for the ‘future you’ once a month
Whether that’s scrapbooking your adventures every month so you can look back on them in years to come or if it’s attending an event that you think will benefit your future plans, don’t think about it, just do it!
Girls, resolutions that result in a marked difference in your happiness and self-worth are the ones worth sticking to!
Today you should ask yourself if you want to look back on 2015 and be able to say that you’ve changed for the better; if the answer is yes, then these small tweaks to your lifestyle will help you reach that goal!