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Staying Strong in 2022: Maintaing Relsolutions

New Years Eve and Day looked a little different for everyone this year, however we all still entered with goals and resolutions to make 2022 much brighter, make ourselves much stronger and make those that we love feel even more loved. Read More

We all entered the new year ready to say goodbye to 2021.

New Years Eve and Day looked a little different for everyone this year, however we all still entered with goals and resolutions to make 2022 much brighter, make ourselves much stronger and make those that we love feel even more loved. And as we dive deeper into this new year and are already seeing the first month come to an end, there is one thing that we can all, collectively, say we struggle with: maintaining our resolutions beyond January.

We wake up on January 1st with so much excitement and anticipation for the new and improved individuals we’re all trying to be. However, that flame tends to fade a little bit when we wake up on February 1st. It’s not that we don’t want to keep our resolutions — of course we want the best for ourselves and those around us. But as life starts to settle in and responsibilities of the new year begin knocking even louder at our doors, we tend to stray away from the flame. We lose the capacity to keep making space for the healthier versions of ourselves and stick to the goals that made our first 31 days so strong. 

How can we maintain our resolutions from February 1st and beyond?

As we get closer to the new month, these are 5 things that I’m keeping in mind so I can remain grounded and strong the whole 2022:

  • Be kind on those off days: I always have to remind myself that it’s ok to have days in which all I’m doing is laying in bed, petting my pup and watching back-to-back seasons of Master Chef. Needing a break doesn’t make me any less valuable, it’s a form of kindness for myself. Kick your feet up, put your phone on “do not disturb” and know that this is just one day to just…breathe.
  • Don’t be afraid to reward yourself: We can’t beat ourselves up when we mess up but then ignore all the good. When I see I’ve checked off a goal or have gotten a step closer to it, I make sure to love on myself. Whether it’s ordering out food, spending hours in target or taking extra time to journal, I acknowledge the good just as much as I acknowledge the bad — if anything I pay as little attention to the bad as possible!
  • Make a (realistic) plan of action: I not only have to be kind to my mind, but to my time as well. If we don’t balance out our days accordingly, we’ll definitely get lost in our schedules and tasks. Take the time to lay out each day and give yourself a realistic amount of time for each task you have to get done and JUST for that day. Sometimes trying to take it more than one day at a time can make us lose time. Be patient and — again — realistic with yourself and plan a course of action.
  • Keep track of your progress: One of the things that used to frustrate me was not being able to see the changes that I’ve made when I’ve set a goal. However, how will I ever see any changes if I don’t keep track during the progress? Whether it’s a fitness app on your phone or a planner with tracking columns, always keep something that can show you where you started to where you’re at now. I’ve surprised myself so many times when I took the time to track my progress and revisited my trackers — I’d been leveling up more than I even knew!
  • Seek accountability: If you have someone checking in on you and applying pressure to hit the goals you’ve set forth, I promise you, you’ll get so much more done. It’s something about having an accountability partner that makes you not want to leave anything you told them undone. For me, I see it as not just letting myself down, but letting my accountability partner down as well. Set the bar, place the boundaries, and make sure you guys are keeping track of and motivating each other.

This year, I want us to remain different and powerful. Of course we won’t be perfect and we will need time to do absolutely nothing at all, but let’s strive to keep dedicated to ourselves to be even better versions of ourselves beyond the first 31 days.