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Happy New Year! 2015 has arrived along with the many list’s of new year’s resolutions. Wether you’ve already created your resolutions or have it on your to-do list, I’m here to say stop and scrap it.

New year’s resolutions are so overrated; you can start making positive changes to your life any day of the year that you wish, not just because it’s January 1st. The main reason you should not make a list of new year’s resolutions is because it is ultimately demotivating – by the end of January you realize that you haven’t made the progress you were hoping to, feel bad about yourself, and result back to your old ways.

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Rather than creating unrealistic resolutions, create a list of goals for the upcoming year. Writing out goals for yourself has a more positive effect because you’re not pressured to get something done immediately. If you want to start eating healthy, you can begin to do it one meal at a time rather than diving head first into a special diet. You can even go a step further and create long-term and short-term goals to help you focus your energy and work towards what you want to achieve. Below are some of the goals I’ve set for myself in 2015.

Take My Health Seriously
In the past I have made baby steps to becoming healthier. This year I not only need to continue my workout regimen and clean diet, but also make those doctor’s appointments that my parents have been nagging me about.

Create More
This is definitely a long-term goal of mine; I always have a running list of ideas that I need to get around to. Specifically this year I’d like to focus on my illustrations and begin selling them on Etsy.

Try Something New
I need to challenge myself more to go outside of my comfort zone and try new things. It could be as simple as cooking a new recipe, traveling someplace I’ve never been, or doing a new activity.

Improve Skincare Routine
Your skin is something you can’t replace as you grow older and it’s important to take care of it. This year I plan on boosting my skincare regimen for lasting effects.

I’ve found that limiting yourself between 4-6 goals at a time raises the likelihood of actually accomplishing them throughout the year. If you have set goals for yourself in the past and still struggled to fulfill them, tell someone so you can be held accountable. Having a friend to cheer you on is one of the best motivators.

If new year’s resolutions have made a positive impact on your life in the past, by all means keep doing it. Wether you create resolutions, to-do lists, or goals the main point is figuring out what keeps you focused. There is a reason many corporate jobs require employees to set goals for themselves each year and it is because they see results. What are some of your goals for 2015? Share in the comments and hopefully we can inspire each other throughout the year to accomplish them all!

Wishing you a new year full of success and happiness!

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