As we roll into the new decade, we’re faced with all the good and bad that the holiday season can bring. One of the most important of these elements, however outwardly gimmicky it may seem, is the idea of New Year’s resolutions. As the tradition goes, you make a goal, work towards it for a week, and then go right back to life as standard.
It doesn’t have to be this way, however. With the right mindset, it can be quite possible to set and realise achievable goals. With this in mind, we want to look at some examples of how.
Learning a New Skill
We all want to broaden our skill-base, but the first few steps are often rightfully seen as the hardest. If our minds and bodies are not used to an experience, then initial attempts at anything can be fraught with frustration, disappointment, and failure.
Too often, this is because we try to immediately jump in the deep end. This isn’t a good way to learn how to swim, and it’s not good for much else either. Instead, start off as slow as possible, and in a place free of distractions and judgment from others.
Take, for example, if you wanted to perfect your card-playing skills at games like poker or blackjack. These two, in particular, are always games that people think they know how to play when they attempt to impress everyone at parties but, more often than not, end up feeling the shame after they’re out-strategied by their mate who was a secret poker assassin. Instead, by taking it slow, you could instead play at home with online versions like SkyCity Blackjack. Adopting private measures gives you much more flexibility and, in this case, the offerings and variety can even extend beyond what some physical establishments can offer.
The same can be said for any range of skills: take it slowly, find your feet and, before you know it, you could be on your way to being a master.
Keeping (and Staying) Fit
As possibly the most common New Year’s resolution, losing weight is a problem many of us face in an age where the cheapest and most gratifying food is often the most unhealthy.
The issue we’ve seen with many of our friends and family, when it comes to weight loss goals, comes from the setting of unrealistic standards. Don’t expect that you’re going to be able to instantly cut out a favourite food, or that you’ll be able to meet huge exercise achievements right off the bat, as this is almost always unrealistic.
For the vast majority of us, finding a way to fitness and weight loss is something we develop, not something we switch on. Rather than shooting for gold, instead set smaller and achievable goals, and work your way from there.
This is especially important for exercise because, not only is it the most difficult to get into at first, it also can create a risk of injury for an unprepared body.
This might seem a little grim, but we need to know that life isn’t so generous as to give us everything we want without pushing back. What you need to remember when it comes to setting goals is that, even if you do (in your eyes) fail at some point, success is often cumulative.
Experiencing a let-down, from the right point of view, can be used as an opportunity to learn more. Nothing worth having comes easy and, by understanding this element of life, we can let our resolutions become all the more achievable, and reasonable.