Mid-month slump? How to revive your resolutions

By Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent 

   New Year’s resolutions — they’re the perfect example of good intentions combined with lack of inertia. In theory, resolutions are a great idea. A fresh year brings a fresh start, right? But often we find ourselves slacking off mere weeks into the year, giving excuses and eventually forgetting the resolution entirely. If you’re hitting that mid-January slump, here’s three tips that can help salvage your 2017 goals:
 Be specific — to reach a goal, you have to know where you’re going. If your resolution is vague or generalized, you’ll find it harder to stay focused. Instead, hone in on what you really want to accomplish. There’s a big difference in the mindset of a person who wants to get in shape and a person who aims to build up to running or walking a mile each day. The more specific you are, the easier it is to approach your end goal with purpose and determination.
 Have a road map — this step is crucial to acing your resolution. Now that you have a focused goal, you need a plan to reach it. Map it out, step-by-step. Set monthly milestones to strive for and develop a doable procedure. Don’t try to eat the elephant in one massive bite: break it down into manageable chunks. For example, if getting organized is your aspiration, don’t pull out everything at once. Take it one section of one room at a time, spacing it out and making a system. Any goal will seem a lot less daunting once it’s been divided into simple stepping stones.
   Stay motivated — in the end, the only way to master your resolution is to keep going. And that requires a lot of willpower and perseverance. Don’t drag yourself through the journey. Make the most of it. Put up posters, find quotes, keep it fresh. Social media outlets like Pinterest and Instagram are great sources of inspirational photos, quotes and articles. The internet has a multitude of people who are on the same journey as you, reaching for success with their own resolutions. Find your motivation and stick with that resolution. You can do this.
These tips are a great way to get your resolution from deflated and abandoned to dynamic and active, but in the end it’s up to you. Only you have the determination and drive to make your resolution a reality — so go seize the year and make the most of life’s journey. It’s not about the destination — the experience is all about how you get there.

Logan A. White is a home-schooled high school junior, an area dancer and a Teens & 20s writer.

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