Fulfill Happiness, Not Just Resolutions

The Beacon Bolt is a publication of the student body of Northwest Christian University. We are 27 days into the New Year. What have you accomplished? This might seem steep and you may think, “it’s been less than a month,” but if you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolutions, you should have completed or be on the path to be completing them by now. Don’t get me wrong, I am a goal setter myself, but as I discussed resolutions with several people this year I feel as though people are losing hope in the change that a year can bring. So I am going to help you create goals that are challenging and attainable, yet also measurable.

One of the first problems is if your new year’s resolution list looks similar almost every single year. The problem with the repetition of such goals is that if you are continually setting them each year, you obviously didn’t reach them the year before so you just add it to next year’s burdens. I find myself doing this with the most basic of health goals that I set every year, drink at least eight servings of water a day, sleep eight hours or more a night and Bible journal daily. These activities are things that are relatable to most and when we set such specific goals, the failure to complete such goals often sets us back further than before and by late January. We’ll say, “I’ll try next week, next month or next year.” Instead of feeling the pressure of failure and restarting every so often, I challenge you to recreate your goals and prioritize them in your life.

The first step in this process is to write or rewrite your goals much broader, in my case they would be drink more water, sleep longer and Bible journal, relieving the time frame and focusing on the goal. After recreating your goals, think about your life and why you haven’t been able to accomplish such tasks naturally or previously when setting goals. Mine is often getting overwhelmed with the daily struggles that we all have and letting that distract me from what’s really important.

This is why I suggest that next you make a list of what you want to do more specifically to solidify on paper your priorities. These should be things that make you feel alive and happy, while generally bettering your mind, body and/or soul. Lastly, take this newly compiled list of what you wish to do more of and reflect on your daily routine. While comparing the two you should find that your daily routine incorporates these tasks daily or at least weekly. By intertwining small goals and tasks that help your overall well-being you will easily crush your rewritten New Year’s Resolutions, but more importantly find true happiness in the everyday.

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