Let’s face it: New Year resolutions are super tough! As the New Year rolled in, hearts around the world sang with hope, filled with the promise of a fresh start with resolutions. Goals were set, plans were drawn, and visions of a better, healthier future were in sight. Fast forward to February (when this blog is being written), and many find themselves caught in the tug-of-war between their enduring ambitions and receding familiar habits that are tough to break.
The reality is that setting resolutions is easy; it’s sticking to them that presents the real challenge. If you’re part of the crowd that feels the struggle, don’t worry. This blog is your guide to reclaiming and reinforcing those intentions you set at the beginning of the year. It’s an affectionate/helpful nudge and a gentle reminder that no matter where you are in your journey, it’s never too late to revitalize your resolutions and make them a permanent part of your life. This is precisely why we chose ‘Journey’ to be our company name. No change is linear and just as it is never too late to start, it is also never too late to get back on track. This blog is full of simple and realistic tips to get back on the horse. Enjoy!
The Power of Mindset
Achieving any goal, whether it’s hitting the gym x amount of times a week, eating healthier, or pursuing a new career, first requires the right state of mind. The power of positive thinking cannot be overstated. Begin with building a ‘growth mindset‘! Here’s how you can do exactly that:
Strategies for Developing a Growth Mindset
- Acknowledging and Embracing Imperfections:
Understand that the road to success is paved with failures that provide valuable learning experiences. Embrace these failures as stepping stones, not stumbling blocks.
- Cultivate Self-Compassion:
Treat yourself with the same kindness you would a good friend. It’s okay to fail; what’s important is how you pick yourself back up.
- Learn from the Journey, Not Just the Destination:
The process of achieving your goals is as important as achieving the goal itself. Reflect on what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown along the way.
Setting Realistic Resolutions
One common pitfall of New Year resolutions is setting the bar too high or having goals that are too vague. Unrealistic expectations can quickly lead to frustration and the abandonment of our resolutions. It’s essential to create a plan for your aspirations, complete with milestone markers that can help you visualize your progress.
Tips for Setting Achievable Goals
- Make It Tangible:
Instead of a nebulous resolution like “I want to eat healthier,” try “I will cook at least three home-cooked meals a week.”
- Create a Vision Board:
Sometimes, seeing is believing. Make a vision board highlighting your goals to keep them top of mind. Place it somewhere in your home where you will see it often.
- Start Small:
If your goal is to run a marathon, start by jogging 10 minutes a day. Gradually increase your distance to build up to the ultimate goal.
Keeping The Mind Sharp: Can Microdosing Psychedelics Help?
Psychedelics are entering the conversation around mental health and productivity. While the intentional use of psychedelics is a delicate matter, microdosing, or taking small, sub-perceptual doses, is becoming a popular tool for focus and creativity, both of which can be beneficial for sticking to New Year resolutions.
Microdosing as a Focus Tool
Microdosing psychedelics, particularly substances like 1PD (Lysergamide) or MicroMush (Psilocybin), is believed to enhance cognitive function, promote flow states, and boost neuroplasticity. This makes it easier for individuals to stay on track with their goals, think creatively, and find innovative solutions to common challenges.
A cluttered mind can make sticking to a resolution feel overwhelming. Microdosing has been reported to create clear thinking, helping to organise tasks and tackle decision-making, thereby simplifying the path to achieving your resolutions.
If old approaches to your resolutions aren’t yielding results, a microdose can provide a new lens through which to view your ambitions. It can generate amazing outside-the-box ideas on how to approach and fulfil your resolutions in ways you hadn’t previously considered!
Tracking Progress and Staying Motivated
One of the most effective ways to maintain momentum with your resolutions is to track your progress. Seeing how far you’ve come, even in small increments, can provide an enormous motivational boost and serve as a reminder of the strides you’ve made.
Additional Tools and Techniques for Tracking Progress Alongside Microdosing
Keep a log of your activities, thoughts, and reflections related to your resolutions. This not only tracks your progress but also provides a way to hold yourself accountable. Progress and patterns are easier to identify this way.
- Use Technology to Your Advantage:
There are countless apps and tools designed to help you track habits and goals. Find one that resonates with you and integrate it into your daily routine. There are many free options for this! Try out a few and see which suits you and your needs best.
- Celebrate Small Wins:
Achieving those smaller milestones isn’t just for tracking; it’s a moment to celebrate your success. Recognize and reward yourself for the progress you’ve made. This is a great way to stay inspired and get yourself ready to take the next step.
Rewriting the Concept of a New Year Resolution
As the New Year confetti settles and the calendar turns to February, it’s not too late to embrace the New Year as the perfect opportunity for personal growth and change. The resolutions we make are not intended to be chains that bind us to rigid expectations but rather as vibrant threads that weave a thread of a happy and healthy life. This is our year to prioritize self-care, enjoy the journey of change, and reveal in the boundless potential each new day brings.
There’s a whole year ahead, brimming with possibilities and untapped potential! Let’s make the most of it, not only by achieving our aspirations but by (most importantly) growing as individuals. Welcome back to the resolutions you may have cast aside—your seat at the table is still reserved. Sit down, cherish the moment, and tap into the new energy of the year to come. It’s time to nourish your year with thoughtfulness and achievable your resolutions. Your journey awaits—dive in!