Resolutions 101: Let's be realistic

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Welcome to the start of winter term! We hope your holidays were as cozy and festive as you imagined they could be. And on that note…Happy New Year!

We know that some of you already have a few New Year’s resolutions in mind, while the other half gave up on resolutions ages ago. Whether you like to plan ahead or just go with the flow, it’s important to be aware of your capabilities and set goals accordingly.  Here are some handy (and realistic) tips to consider whether you are working toward academic, professional or personal development in 2018.

Let it last longer than January 

There’s a reason why it’s called a New Year’s resolution, and not a New Month’s resolution.  We know you’re super anxious to see immediate results, because otherwise it feels like you’ve accomplished nothing. But if your resolutions are worth achieving they will take a bit of time!  Space out the amount of effort, energy and time you will put towards your goal each month. Trust me – you will see progress eventually and your busy January schedule will breathe a sigh of relief.

It’s all about baby steps

So, you want to create a startup? Well, first of all – congratulations, I’m proud of you. Second of all – that’s a pretty big resolution.  To avoid stressing yourself out, create an action plan of what you can accomplish each week to achieve your end-goal in time.

Build a support system 

Sometimes you can’t accomplish something without the help of others.  It’s more than okay to seek assistance!  Whether you get it from your friends, family, mentors or other resources, having a support system will not only help you achieve your goals faster, but will also be a great self-esteem booster (especially as you encounter obstacles along the way!) 

Eliminate some time-wasters 

Now, I’m not asking you to delete your Facebook account, but you know those six hours you just spent binge-watching Black Mirror? Maybe you can cut it down to two... That way, you’ll have a bit of extra time each night to work on your resolution. Plus, season two will last you longer.

It might take longer than a year

When the year comes to a close, take some time to reflect on how far you’ve come since January. Did you put in a lot of effort? Have you accomplished your goal, or do you think you need more time?
Go easy on yourself. You’ve done the best that you could, and you’ve at least laid the groundwork to achieving your dreams. Just tweak your New Year’s resolution for next year and march on!

Resolutions are tricky to stick to. Hopefully, these tips will help you maintain a positive mindset and stay motivated.

Believe in yourself, Warriors, and make the most of 2018! 

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