New Year, New Me?

Hello!

Whether you are a returning reader or a new one, welcome to The Golden Lining! I started my blog only at the end of 2017, so you came just in time for the fun.

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As the saying goes, “New year, new me.” I’m assuming this is because of new year’s resolutions many people set out for themselves. It’s a new year, a fresh start, a chance to start over and make a change! Well, call me a skeptic, but I don’t think so! You can view my thoughts on my New Year’s resolutions here.

Most people do not change over night. Effective change requires time and nurturing. It requires dedication and perseverance. I do not think one can do some heavy drinking on December 31st and then wake up on January 1st to hit the gym. If you can, good on ya! But how long would that really last?

Goals and resolutions should follow the S.M.A.R.T. layout, which is:

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely

For example, “losing weight” as a New Year’s resolution may be a great one, but it does not follow the S.M.A.R.T. layout, which is whyit is probably one of the most failed resolutions out there.

Instead, a S.M.A.R.T. resolution would be “I want to lose one pound a week in 2018.” This resolution is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. If you do enough research, you will find that one pound per week is a normal and healthy pace to lose weight. It all depends what your goals are that really determine how much you would want to lose in a given time frame.

*Disclosure: I am not a doctor, nutritionist or physical therapist. I do not recommend anyone to put their health at risk to complete any goal.*

At the end of the day, real goals take time, perseverance and dedication. If you want itbadly enough, never give up and keep pushing yourself to succeed. You cannot change over night, but you can make little changes each day that contribute to whatever your efforts may be.

What are your thoughts of new year’s resolutions and the phrase, “New year, new me.”? Leave your questions and comments down below!

I wish you all the happiest New Year. Let’s own 2018 together!

Photo by Helena Hertz on Unsplash.

Until next time,

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