(Original image: Voices From Russia)

New Years Hype + 10 Tips to Make It Stick

By Jenn Schleich
Photo Credit: Sara S. Munilla
Photo Credit: Sara S. Munilla / sarasmunilla.wordpress.com /

The New Years hype and high is starting to wear off. Those post-holiday blues are starting to set in. January is nearly half over; this is the point when people start losing momentum with their resolutions. No one likes to lose momentum. There’s little that’s more humbling, or humiliating I suppose, then screeching to an earth shattering halt on your way to self-improvement. Especially in our era of social media. Sharing your bold and ambitious New Years goals with the world makes it so much more gratifying if you succeed, but you also take the risk of exposing your failure a hundred fold if you don’t.

My news feed was an avalanche of resolutions on January 1st. The first week of the month was rife with pictures and hash tags on my instagram feed of people hitting the gym, or whatever people do in the first week of January. I’ve already noticed a noticeable decrease in these types of posts. For everyone’s sake I hope people are simply becoming more lazy about over-sharing and haven’t actually given up quite yet.

Personally, I despise New Years resolutions. I think there is too much pressure. Personal growth should be part of our daily lives; we should always strive to learn and try new things, not give a half-assed attempt annually. What does the Earth making a full rotation around the sun really have to do with your life?

However, if you are a true believer then there is advice floating around out there about how to make a lasting resolution:

(Original image: Voices From Russia)

10 Tips to Make it Stick:

  1.  Keep it specific. I’m going to lose weight is so lofty and broad that it’s bound to fail. Instead try something like I’m going to lose 20 lbs by July.
  2. Clarify how you are going to succeedI’m going to broaden my cultural tastes by reading five books in five genres I’ve never tried.


If, like me, you aren’t a true believer, if you want to do something different this year then check out my latest column in The Cliffhanger: Dip Your Toes in the Water.

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