It’s the new year! A time for resolutions and bettering yourself and making promises that you ultimately won’t keep.
That’s right! It seems more and more that New Year’s resolutions are promises to yourself that you know you’re going to break. So instead or teaching you how to keep your New Year’s resolution - something I know nothing about - instead I’m going to give my advice on how to make a permanent lifestyle change.
Tip #1 - Stop Waiting for the New Year. If you want to change something about yourself, don’t wait for Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving, your birthday, Groundhogs Day, etc. Make that change right now!
It just so happens that my biggest months for self-reflection and adaptation are December - for obvious reasons - and Mat because that was the month my academic year ended. But anyone who has known me for any significant amount of time will vouch that no matter the season, if I want to make a change in my life, I’m going to do it.
So stop waiting and start doing.
It’s important to share your lifestyle goals with people you trust so they can keep you accountable. But keep your mouth shut when it comes to everyone else! The more people that know, the less motivated you’ll be to share your progress with them.
For example, weight loss. If you blast the news that you are trying to lose weight on Facebook before you actually begin, you will feel less inclined to work out because everyone thinks you’re already doing it. However, if you stay silent but actually hit up the gym abs post only your milestones online, you’ll be motivated to workout so you will have milestones to show.
Keep quiet but keep hustling.
And lastly, tip #3 - turn a dream into a habit. I came up with that one all on my lonesome because I’m so original, she said sarcastically. But if you really want a dream to come true, you need to hustle at it every day.
Take my YouTube channel. I’m not just bringing it up yo be annoying. I have a point, I promise.
I’ve been working to “make it big” on YouTube since December 9th, 2015. But I don’t say I’ve been truly consistent until August 17th, 2017. (That’s right; I keep track of exact dates). That’s because I would always start and stop. Then pick my videos up after several months and start and stop again.
I wasn’t consistent. Bit the instances of major growth on my channel are due to consistency. I kept uploading videos on a schedule, and these videos are slowly being discovered.
Watch the video below for an example of the type of content I produce:
The secret to a real lifestyle change is consistency. How can you change if you’re not doing anything to incite that change?
New Year’s resolutions are a great way to take stock of your life, decide what you want to be, and map how to get there. Nut you need to consistently put in the work to adapt and grow. Otherwise, you’re resolution will fail by January 7th just like all the years past.
For advice on How to Stay Consistent, click the link: here.