New Year’s Resolutions can be a great way to embark upon a positive change and maintain the motivation and energy needed to improve your daily life. However, creating New Year’s resolutions can be tricky, as the resolutions should be both practical and achievable. Being in a bustling city, like Chicago, provides sufficient resources to follow through on your resolutions and actually stick with them. Here are five steps to take in attaining your New Year’s goals and feeling both empowered and successful.
Look Into The Startup Culture
With each day, there’s a new awesome app that can help you achieve your goals, simplify your life, and connect with the community, in Chicago and afar. Whether you’re looking to be more social, get to the gym more often, or volunteer in some of Chicago’s greatest non-for-profit organizations, these apps from Chicago startups will point you in the right direction.
Think Of Big Goals In Terms Of Little Ones
Instead of considering a single, unrealistic, and lofty goal, such as losing a certain amount of weight to lose in a given time period, or running a required distance each day, break the vast goal down into smaller goals that are achievable and less intimidating, in order to maintain motivation and confidence, advised George Wu, professional of behavioral science at Chicago Booth School of Business, over interview with Chicago Tribune.
Be Active Without Thinking About Resolutions
Instead of thinking about your resolutions when you’re cooking a healthy dinner at home or running along the Lakeshore trail, just go with the activity, carefree, and savor every minute. Getting caught up in the end goal can take away from developing healthy habits and just enjoying your time, explained a study at University of Chicago’s Booth School Of Business. Thinking about the goals intrinsically will provide greater results, as opposed to thinking in terms of external reward. Besides, finding ways to be active is easy, with so many wonderful, fun activities in Chicago at your fingertips.
Choose Ones That Align With Your Values
Setting a bunch of trivial goals won’t compel you to follow through on them, and it increases the likelihood that these goals are unrealistic and impractical relative to your daily needs and personal preferences. Instead, be honest with yourself about your goals, principles, and core desires—those that will need to be maintained long-term. Instead of choosing goals that provide immediate satisfaction, think about the future, and don’t put a time limit on achieving those meaningful rewards.
Gather A Support Team
When you’re in such a large city, like Chicago, you’re bound to find a network of friends, families, and co-workers you can count on for extra motivation and support. When embarking upon your goals, write them down and share them with others, so you can be held accountable. You can also ask them to join you, which will not only increase motivation, but also boost enjoyment and camaraderie.