Apparently the 17th of January was Ditch Your Resolution Day. As if none of us had enough will power to hold onto our so called good resolutions even fifteen days after the New Year. I guess they picked this particular day following very serious statistics and studies. However, now that January is behind us and that February started, where are we at with our good resolutions?
As far as I am concerned, I did not take any. Because first of all, I have no will power. Offer me a cookie and all my grand speeches on starting a diet are gone forever. That’s how easy I am to convince. Cookies. I have taken good resolutions in the past though. The usual sort – diet, work out, self-care, etc. And never ever have I been able to hold onto them and see any results.
Why is that though?
My guess is because I set myself objectives and not goals. Objectives that were very ambitious with no clue on how to reach them. So you want to lose X amount of weight. So you want to go vegan. Yes, sure, good for you. But how will you get to there. It does not happen overnight, does it?
Maybe when setting resolutions, I did not think on how to keep them and succeed. Maybe I need to look at it from another angle. Thing about your resolutions as business goals companies set each year. You are the company and each of your resolution is a department (i.e. marketing, sales, customer service, etc.) with individuals goals each and a strategy on how to reach them.
It would be like breaking down the yearly big goal into monthly smallest one. If I want to lose weight, first month would involve giving up alcohol and working out once a week; the second month would involve reducing my sugar intake and maybe increasing workout to twice a day, etc. If I wanted to go vegan, the first month could be about staying away from non cruelty free beauty brands and slowly reducing my meat intake. Month 2 could be on switching meat for vegan meat. Month 3 would be to switch cow milk for an eco friendly vegan milk alternative. And so on. Small steps, small goals, month by month, to make the transition smooth and viable in the long term.
And add numbers and percentages along the way. A decrease by x% or an increase by x. To make it more tangible, to give a direction and a clear goal to reach. Because, again, it never happens overnight. And if it does, it will probably just be short term.
Being ambitious with goals and resolutions is great and all, but in the end, if you are too ambitious, it will only have a negative impact in your morale and motivation. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge your limit, what you can and can’t do. Small victories lead to great victories.
I am still not taking resolutions for the coming year. Oh Wait! I stand corrected, I am doing dry February and I am committing to reducing my alcohol intake and meat intake. I have also set myself to record one Youtube video a month to start with and to wear whatever I want whenever I want.
Before you ask, I was not really doing it already. Since my days of party girl have gone, I have not focused so much on being glamorous and sexy outside of a club or even at all. I put comfort above all and for long, I decided not to wear something because I deemed it inappropriate for the location or occasion.
But you know what? F*ck it! If I like the dress, I am gonna wear it! So what if it is all sequins and sparkles and today is a work day? Well, if I want to wear it, I will! Starting with that gorgeous mesh and feather dress from PrettyLittleThing. Accessorized with my favorite Furla bag and blue biker jacket. The perfect outfit for a night out, drinks out or why not the office. After all, new year, new dress, new you?
Not sure about the new you bit yet, but for sure new dress! Especially when it is that pretty!
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What about you? Did you take good resolutions this year? Are you still working on them? Or have you ditched them? How do you make sure you reach your goals? Do you think breaking them down into smaller ones like you would do for a business would help? What do you think of THE dress?
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*The dress featured in this post is a gift but all opinions are my own.