As 2016 comes to a close, we keep looking ahead — finally, 2017 is here! We can’t wait to continue to grow + develop our bodies + minds. While we believe in new beginnings coming at any time of the year, new years seems to give us an extra special motivation boost — or does it?
We find that at the turn of the New Year, we are so eager to start something new or work on something even harder. So why does it seem like most of our resolutions fall flat?
It’s not easy to make + keep a long term goal. We asked our fellow CHAARG girls what they did to make their new year’s resolutions *stick* ++ why they were successful. Here’s what we learned —
LOOK FOR OUTSIDE SUPPORT
*I had a lot of motivation from friends that I went to school with + what kept me going was people always telling me how they looked up to me when I worked out + how far I’ve come in my fitness journey.* — Katie Hoag // VirtCHAARG Post-Grad
Telling your friends + family about your goals can be really beneficial — let them be your cheerleaders + inspiration to keep going! Not only can they support you, it’s easier to be held accountable for whatever it is you’re trying to achieve this year when your loved ones are in the know. Stay #inCHAARG ++ in the amazing community of thousands of girls looking to support your journey!
EASE INTO IT
*If I start my habit change or whatever steps are needed for my resolution before [1-2 weeks] the New Year it helps because it takes off the pressure + gives time to ease into change!* — Natalie Atwood // FGCU CHAARG
Don’t jump in too fast — take time to ease into your new lifestyle or goal by starting early! This makes the change less harsh + therefore, smoother. For example, if your goal is to eat less sugar, say no to *one thing* weeks before the new year — slowly add more *no’s* as the calendar moves forward, instead of quitting cold turkey [which could also lead to some killer cravings]. Before you know it, bye bye, suga! ; )
DEFINE YOUR GOALS SPECIFICALLY
*This past year my resolution was to run a half marathon [rather than just *run more*] so I can firmly say I accomplished it!* — Grace Eichler // VirtCHAARG Post-Grad
It’s easier to reach a goal that is tangible — rather than leaving something vague+ therefore far less likely to be carried out, try to narrow your goal by making it more specific. For example, if your goal is to take more photos, try to avoid that simple statement. Vow instead to take at least one photo of every new thing you do — even if it’s simply you at a new coffee shop ; )
REMEMBER YOUR *WHY*
*I made it a goal to stop feeling sorry for myself + love life in 2016. I could either be miserable or be happy ++ I wanted to be happy. I figured out what I wanted to do most that would make me happy. I’ve had my happiest year yet!* — Brittany Lind // VirtCHAARG Post-Grad
Don’t forget why you started in the first place. Find a way to file your feelings right now toward your new year’s resolution — if you want to lose more weight — why? If you want to apply for internships — why? Why does this goal fit your life right now? Why is 2017 going to be *your* year?
PUT IT IN WRITING
*One year, I wrote down 20 goals that I want to accomplish in the new year. Writing them down helps! They were small goals but checking them off made me feel so good + made me want to do more of them!* — Kim Lazzara // UIC CHAARG
You know that ahh-mazing feeling when you check things off of your to-do list or close all of your tabs after writing a paper? Carry that over to completing your New Year Resolutions. Leave a paper where you can see it ++ make it an effort to be working toward one at a time until you check off your last box.
Share your New Year Resolutions on your #inCHAARG Insta as well as your tips for how you plan to stay on track this 2017. Good luck + Happy New Year!
+ Abigail [@abigail.inchaarg] // UK CHAARG