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3 Tips for Making a Good New Years Resolution

Right about now, your social feed is probably an endless string of posts about resolutions to lose weight, make more money or travel more.

But what if you don’t know what you want your New Year’s resolution to be?

Here are 3 tips to help get you started

1. Look for a “snowball” resolutions

Write down all your resolution ideas. Be as exhaustive as you wish. Then look for one that empowers you to accomplish other resolutions along the way, much like a good snowball grows in size as it picks up more snow on its way down a hill.

For example, if your goals are to buy a house and a car, but you are swimming in debt because you are not very good with money, your “snowball” resolution might be to take a financial planning course or to find a mentor who can teach you how to budget.

2. Take stock of your daily routine

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? How about when you have an important project due? What did you eat at each meal and how did it make you feel afterwards? What kind of random purchases do you make when you got a break? What do you do when you go to bed (or should be in bed)?

Record your whole routine for a day, and look for patterns, either good or bad. You may discover a habit you never even noticed and realize it is something you want to do more often (or less), this year!

3. Pay attention to your feelings.

What’s the one thing that makes you feel the most drained, anxious, or guilty, at the end of the day? Ask yourself whether the feelings are warranted. Is it because you have a hard time allowing yourself to be flexible, forgiving or accepting? Or is it, perhaps, because you truly wish you made different choices throughout the day? Once you understand the cause of your emotions, you can decide whether it is something you want to learn to accept or learn to change, this year!

Think through these 3 tips, and you’ll be on your way to making a 2020 resolution you are proud of and will stick to!