By ACN Media Officer Jessica Pham
The year 2018 is now past tense and we welcome 2019!
With the new year, there is also the inevitable feeling to set new year’s resolutions which align with the life that we wish to live and the things that we wish to accomplish. Although some of us have the perseverance and control to achieve these objectives, more often than not, we fall short a few months in and resolve to attempt again next year (there is a reason why signups of gym memberships notoriously experience their highest growth in this period!).
There are many factors that can attribute to one’s determination to succeeding with these goals – time pressures, commitments that can’t be changed and lack of motivation, just to name a few. These are all valid excuses, however they do not aid you in reaching your goals.
At ACN, we advocate for the setbacks as much as we do the successes, because we learn just as much from the failures as we do the wins.
Here is a short list to keep in mind when establishing your new year’s resolutions:
- I.S.S.: Keep It Short and Simple (aka Keep It Simple, Stupid).
Have you ever asked someone a simple question only to have it answered in such a long and waffle-y manner that you’ve forgotten what you had wanted to know in the first place? This principle works in the same way – if you have a goal that extends with extra references, you’ll feel overwhelmed and the urge to procrastinate will endure.
Ask yourself what the underlying aim of your resolution/s are and focus to work on making that one overall goal achievable.
- It’s about the journey, not the destination.
As much as this cliché makes me cringe, it is an excellent sentiment to live by. The majority of us feel downhearted when we don’t feel like we have immediately made any progress and end up quitting. An easy way we can try to overcome this is by allowing the setback to become a part of the journey and that these ‘failures’ are a part of the process. Setting monthly goals instead of an annual one can be much more conducive to overall success, than to feel like you have let yourself down and have that negative thought behind you for the rest of the year.
- ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’
Get a buddy! Sharing your resolutions with a trusted person can help to minimize your goal, making it feel much easier to achieve. On top of this, they will also be able to give you the support and motivation that you’ll need to get through those tough times; and hopefully you’ll be able to reciprocate those feelings for your buddy too.
[This can also apply to your pet, so don’t feel discouraged if you can’t find someone you would like to pair up with. If all else fails, this will mean getting out of your comfort zone and potentially relying on someone that you aren’t all that close with…]
- Track your progress and set reminders.
Keeping a track record of your progress will help you consider the long-term effects of what you have done thus far. For some, the goal can seem out of reach, but looking back on what you had to overcome and how you got to that point can help to motivate you. Setting reminders every so often in your preferred method (post-it note on the fridge, phone calendar, etc.), can also aid in providing a pick-me-up when you least expect it. Print out our downloadable 2019 NurseStrong motivational calendar and see the progress you make day by day.
- Be realistic.
Only you know how much you can expect to achieve without going past the realms of possibility. Your resolutions don’t have to reflect what the world should achieve and those outside of your responsibility, e.g. world domination. Taking one step at a time can take a little bit longer, but could lead to a productive and sustainable effort overall.
If you’re still feeling unmotivated, check out our previous blog post titled You can do it!: Prevent procrastination with these motivational exercise tips.
Otherwise, let us know what your New Year’s resolutions for 2019 will be!