New Year’s Resolutions are easy to make, and even easier to break. As you’re sitting at the family table savoring dad’s moist and delicious deep fried turkey and sampling more than a few sugar cookies as you chug some of Uncle Clark’s famous eggnog, you might think to yourself, “I’ll eat better once the new year starts.” It doesn’t occur to you that once the first of January arrives, you’ll actually have to follow through.
The thing is, you don’t really have to follow through at all. If you didn’t make it known to your friends or even to your mom that you set up a few New Year’s Resolutions, such as eating healthier, going to the gym, and getting in shape, you’d only have you to answer to. But few things are worse than self-inflicted guilt. Learn how to reward a committed New Year’s resolution below so you can keep your motivation toward self-improvement at an all-time high.
According to Forbes Magazine, only eight percent of Americans realize their New Year’s Resolutions; that’s a pretty sad, sorry statistic. As once said by Cavett Robert, “Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” In the moment, when you’re feeling good and it seems like the sky is the limit, making promises to yourself (or anyone else for that matter) comes as naturally as breathing. One way to avoid breaking your New Year’s resolutions is to reward yourself for each goal you meet.
In other words, as “Parks and Recreation’s” Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle would say in unison: “Treat Yo’Self!” If you have met one of your New Year’s resolution goals, such as losing the 10 pounds you gained during the holidays, you deserve to treat yo’self. Have you been eyeballing a new coat? Treat yourself. Have you been dying to get pedicure? Treat yourself. Want a new Rolex watch? Treat yourself!
The Best of Both Worlds
What’s even better than being part of the eight percent of Americans who achieve their New Year’s resolutions? Getting yourself the gift that keeps on giving: a shiny new timepiece. Not only is the Rolex watch a stunning and classic timepiece, but when you find Rolex watches for sale at 25-50 percent less than the original asking price, you’ve learned some important things about yourself in this new year: you’re tech savvy, fashionable and thrifty. You know how to dress for success for less, all while in pursuit of reaching and surpassing your New Year’s resolutions. When you feel good about yourself, it’s easier to work towards the goals you have set up for yourself, because you are more willing to believe that you can accomplish them. When you’re lying on the couch with your pants unbuttoned, feeling bloated, sugar cookie crumbs still stuck at the corners of your mouth, it’s hard to imagine setting any New Year’s resolutions, let alone even getting up off of the couch.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Despite what you may feel compelled to do when you’re spirits are high; it’s essential to be realistic. If you haven’t run on the treadmill in the past year, don’t expect to be able to run five miles in less than an hour, let alone even being able to run one hour without the accompanying huffing and puffing, (dry heaving included once you hit mile two). A key factor to keep in mind is that we all have limits, and overshooting will leave you feeling down and out if you fall short of the goals you set. That’s why if you do fall short, it’s important to remember that you are human, and that you shouldn’t beat yourself up. Instead, re-evaluate your resolutions, and adjust them as necessary. And remember, after you have hit all your marks, treat yo’self!