New Year’s resolutions tend to get a bad rap, since they’re usually broken within a matter of days, weeks or (if you’re really good) months.
Setting yourself a goal to explore the entire world before the end of the next year may be realistic for some, but if you decide this just as you welcome January 1, chances are you won’t be able to carry out such a massive commitment.
Setting yourself a resolution that you intend to keep should be something that you take the time to think about prior to New Year’s Eve. After all, you want to ensure you’ll be the (only) one at the end of 2017 saying “I kept my resolution this year!”
Whether you plan on learning a new skill, getting fit or changing up your career, planning how you’re going to achieve this with a realistic approach is the best way to achieve your goal. We’ve asked four experts for their advice on the New Year’s resolutions you should be keeping in 2017!
LOOK AT THE GLASS ¾ FULL
You made plans earlier this year for what you wanted to achieve, right? Well, now is the time to review and re-examine how realistic those plans actually were.
Christmas is an excellent time to reflect upon how you’ve been travelling, and adjust behaviours and plans as necessary. You can do this by ticking off completed items from your list of goals, and checking how much your life looks like your vision board.
In light of how you’ve been doing, how healthy and happy you are, and what is important to you, the next step for your journey is to revisit your big picture.
Clinical Psychologist Dr John Barletta suggests that you question what your quality world looks like. This means considering your relative strengths, identifying your passions, developing inspiring goals, accessing resources and support people (like mentors), and deciding on a timeframe.
Remember, goals without timeframes will probably only be limited to your imagination. It’s invigorating and energising to work from the premise that anything is possible. Dr John believes that in 2017 you should think big, act small, fail fast and learn rapidly.
JUST DO IT
Maybe you’ve been putting off getting that suspicious mole checked, or maybe you’ve been thinking about making a lifestyle change for the better, such as walking to work once a week.
Dr Nicholas Kemp of the Leg Vein Doctor says, whatever it is, just do it! Make health your priority in 2017! Your body will thank you.
GET HAPPY EYES
When was the last time you didn’t check your smart phone, computer or TV for an entire day? It’s increasingly rare to go an entire day without looking at a screen. This, combined with harsh Queensland sun and constant exposure to air-conditioned air, can really take a toll on our eyes.
Expert optometrist Madonna Rigney explains that protecting your eyes as much as possible is proven to reduce the occurrence of strained and dry eyes. Keeping a balanced and healthy diet is a great start; fish and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach all have wonderful benefits for your eyesight.
Madonna also recommends that in 2017 you should make a commitment to keep moving, as evidence suggests that regular exercise can reduce the intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma.
Don’t have time to reflect? Style Magazines Editor Christie Sutherland says she often falls into the trap of reading about something cool and making that her resolution for the New Year.
Everyone has room for improvement but we all tend to do this from our comfort zone and make it achievable in an easy way. In this fast-moving universe, a New Year’s resolution doesn’t always end up becoming a priority, so for her 2017 resolution Christie has decided to challenge herself to start doing things that are out of her comfort zone.
Acting on what you normally wouldn’t and taking on exercises in life that you would usually shy away from is what will propel you to make 2017 your year to be reckoned with. “If something that you’re doing doesn’t challenge you, then it doesn’t change you.” Unknown