Tis the season after Christmas. It is the end of the holiday season and is the last month we hope to have snow in before aptly hoping for Spring–yes, it’s January. January is the first month of the year if you follow the Julian calendar, and it’s that special time of the year where you make false predictions about your life goals over the course of the next year before also aptly forgetting all about them. It’s what in 2010 we used to call “New Year New Me” if you were a basic hoe. It’s the time to make resolutions!

What goes into making a resolution? Typically resolutions are something you’d like to achieve over the course of the next 365 days. Whether it be a slim bod or reaching a promotion at the office, these are ambitious dreams for the end of 2021. You could keep a goal to and set a standard trail of breadcrumbs to get to said finish line. Other resolutions may include a list of things, such as a destination trip list over the course of the year or how many books you’d like to read over the next 12 months. These are also important goals to keep as well because they give you smaller achievements to look forward to over this next year. 

I want to start off by saying that both of these are entirely important goals if making resolutions at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve is something you like to do. Both of these should be achievable goals that give you some wiggle room in the middle, especially if you procrastinate a lot on your goals. If this is the first year you are to achieve your resolution, the best way is to accept your weaknesses. Instead of losing 50 pounds over the next 12 months, say you want to lose 10 pounds. If you lose 10 pounds and reach that goal by August, then you are doing pretty okay. You will feel inspired, and then you can set your next goal of losing 10 more pounds and see how much you can achieve by the end of the following year. 

You are going to be more likely to keep your goals if you put forth the research into making these goals attainable. If you want to have a new car by the end of 2021, then I’d suggest doing research into better ways to save money or to make passive income. Sometimes research is as simple as watching a couple of youtube videos on how to make meal preps when you’re on a budget. If you’re serious about your goals, you’re going to make time to figure out how this is going to work. The more research you put into planning, the more likely you are going to be at succeeding in keeping your resolutions.

Surround yourself by like-minded people. You want to have people like-minded in helping you succeed in life. Do not surround yourself with people that will always tell you what you want to hear, however. I want you to make true, meaningful connections this year with people who want what’s best for you. Tell Aunt Carol at the family picnics this spring to kiss your ass, because you’re out to get your bikini body no matter what she says. Go to AA meetings if you feel like they help you stay on task. This is the time for you to stay on track. 

Believe in yourself. Believe you are going to be able to succeed in life and win at whatever new years eve resolution goals you may have. Believe you are able to accomplish everything you set your mind to. This is going to be a good year, no matter if you lose a pound or if you lose one hundred pounds, but know that it only starts with just a step. 

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