Happy New Year ‘Lopes! New Year’s has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, looking forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and to resolve to follow through on those changes. We all make them. Maybe you’ve resolved to lose that Freshmen 15 or to spend more time studying this semester. Maybe you’ve resolved to raise your GPA or to get an on campus job. We’re here to tell you that you’re not the only one making New Year’s resolutions.
Our LoudCloud team has made some of our own! We’ll share those in just a minute, but first let’s make a pact. Here’s what I mean. New Year’s resolutions are all about what we know we can do better or what we can improve.
But by February, we’ve usually skipped out on the gym once…okay, ten times…and tossed our resolutions right out the window. Instead of boosting ourselves up, we set ourselves up for failure by making resolutions that are too general to be realistic. Let’s focus on how to make resolutions so that they are easier to keep. So, as our LoudCloud team thought about our own resolutions, we kept these tips in mind:
- Don’t be general
Resolutions like, “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to raise my GPA” are too general to be realistic and we can get discouraged quickly. Instead, write specific goals like vowing to get an A on your next paper. This way you can monitor your progress toward your goal and know immediately when you get off track.
- Make yourself accountable.
Tell other people about your goal! When you do, you’re more likely to stick to it. Update your Facebook status with your goal and progress, tweet it about, or maybe share photos with your friends on Instagram. You could even start a blog! We’ll definitely be posting our progress updates for our own resolutions here on the blog, so keep checking back.
- Have a monthly goal.
It’s great that with the coming of the New Year we feel all amped up to better ourselves. But setting goals just once a year can be more self-defeating than uplifting. When we meet smaller and more frequent goals, say something we plan to do weekly or even monthly, we get that confidence boost and encouragement to keep going. And even if you fall off the wagon, so to speak, you can just pick yourself up and start over again next week or next month.
- Remember that not everything is within your control.
Maybe you’re graduating and you set a goal to find a job with a certain salary. It’s definitely a positive goal, but there are other factors like the company’s budget, unemployment rates, and the qualifications of other applicants in your field that are completely out of your control. Focus on what you can control and acknowledge what you can’t.
There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a challenge, but making a resolution that is too difficult or out of your control will only lead to breaking it. Think about these tips and stop back tomorrow as we share our own New Year’s resolutions. We hope you’ll share one of yours and we can help keep each other keep on track to reach our goals!