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2016 Resolutions You Can Keep - Little Misfits Edition

Laurel Moring

Posted on December 30 2015

Want to actually KEEP some of your New Year's Resolutions this year? Find out how it's possible below!

New Year's Eve is upon us and every shared article today is about resolutions, or goals for the new year. As much as I tend to make and break goals all throughout the year, I too find myself making new starts at this time of year. There is just something motivational about getting a do-over. Unfortunately for most of us, new year's resolutions do not last long, but that's because we're tackling them in all the wrong ways. Everywhere says make sure your goals are SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. While I agree with these specifications, unfortunately they often lead to failure. So this year, we are trying the Little Misfits way of making resolutions...

  1. VAGUE: Keep your resolutions VAGUE. The broader the goal, the easier it is to achieve it. Ex. Keep a cleaner house. Not only is "clean" subjective, but cleaner than what? Also subjective. There is literally no way you can fail at this goal if you just keep things tidy.
  2. WANT: Resolve to do things you actually WANT to do. Ex. Don't resolve to lose 20lbs if you're perfectly happy (and relatively healthy) being a couch potato! You're never going to have the motivation to reach that goal if you don't actually want to do it. This is not to say we're condoning unhealthy behaviour, you should take care of you body. Maybe that just means you goal would be something like, get some exercise three times a week... you'll probably drop some pounds but you can do it in a way that you'll enjoy, like snowboarding with your kids or doing yoga before bed.
  3. FAMILY: Make goals that include your FAMILY (or friends). If you're married and have two kids, then it is likely that a million other things will get in the way of your goals, unless you incorporate those people into the goals. It is much easier to stick to something if you have the support of your loved ones, and if you don't have to give up time with them (and dump responsibilities on your partner) to achieve them! Ex. Don't commit to going to the gym six days a week if that's going to negatively affect your household. Maybe you and your partner alternate days, or maybe you all go as a family and the kids hang out in the daycare centre.
  4. PROVEN: Choose resolutions that you have PROVEN to be successful at in the past. Don't take on ten brand new goals on January 1st if you've never had any success at them before. Tackle one or two new goals, and one or two goals you've achieved in the past - but maybe kick them up a notch. Ex. Plan to read more in 2016. If you met a 20 book goal in 2015, maybe in 2016 you plan on a 25 book goal, and maybe you encourage your partner and kids to meet reading goals too (or simply to read more - keeping it vague like tip number one) to keep up with the family tip, you can all read together!
  5. REEVALUATE: Make resolutions that you can reevaluate throughout the year, maybe every three months, or whatever makes sense to you. Each day brings something new to the table, and maybe that goal you wanted to achieve in January is no long relevant in April due to a life change. Don't try to force resolutions when they are no longer achievable for whatever reason. Ex. If you injure yourself while exercising or being active, then don't push through the injury just to stick to your goal - you'll just end up injured for longer and majorly affect your health. Reevaluate your goal, and change it to work with your current situation. You can always reevaluate again in a few weeks or months and see if you can go back to working towards the original resolution.

If this list of tips makes you think that we at Little Misfits are a bunch of slackers, it's actually the opposite. We are very driven people with a million goals and aspirations we're working towards, but we like to keep it real. We set ourselves up for success, we keep our thoughts and actions positive, we work hard and don't give up. These tips are just a tongue in cheek way to help you make positive changes in your life, and achieve goals, no matter how small or how vague. All your hard work counts at the end of the day, and it'll add up at the end of the year.

From all of us here at Little Misfits, we hope you had a great holiday season, and have an amazing New Year!

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