A New Approach to New Years Resolutions

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Clearly Cooper didn’t want to be my New Years Kiss πŸ˜‚

Happy New Years! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to hit the road running for 2018!

A new year for most people means new goals and resolutions. I feel like a lot of people make their resolutions and start the year off strong, but come February (or sooner), most of those goals have stopped.

Towards the end of last year I began to listen to podcasts more. During this time I stumbled upon Gretchen Rubin’s Happier Podcast. In this podcast she talks about things she’s discovered while studying human nature and habit building. She’s categorized people into one of four personality types. Most of these are based on how people are motivated, which is a perfect thing to think about when trying to approach New Years Resolutions!

The Four Personality Types are Upholder, Questioner, Rebel and Obliger. Take the quiz linked here to see which one you are! (I think it’s so funny how much people love taking quizzes to discover things about themselves!Β πŸ˜‚Β Who hasn’t taken a million Buzzed quizzes to see what Β  Β  Β Β Β you are?!)

Once you know what Personality type you are, you can start thinking about how to approach your goals. For instance, if you’re an Obliger, it’s important for you to have extrinsic (outside-self) accountability. This means if your goal is to get to the gym more, you’ll have more of a chance of succeeding if you have someone to go with or a class you’re expected to attend. On the other hand, if you’re a Rebel, a good way to approach this same goal is to say, “I bet you can’t go to the gym x amount of times a week,” or “you won’t be able to get in shape by…”. This approach makes it seem like a challenge or an expectation you can break, perfect for the Rebel!

Personally, I’m an Upholder. A rule follower, even when it doesn’t make sense to follow the rules. In the podcast where Gretchen talks about these personalities, she compares the Upholder to Hermione. (Did anyone else just think, “we could be killed, or worse, expelled!” πŸ’πŸΌ). So for me and my resolutions, I need to be really specific about my goals. For most of my goals, as long as I know them, I will be able to keep them. But it’s always helpful to have people in your corner, so telling others will help me achieve them as well!

Some of my resolutions for 2018 are:

  1. Start doing quiet time in the morning. This means actually opening my Bible and praying. The YouVersion Bible app is great but it’s too easy to get distracted, I need to step away from this world and just be with God.
  2. Run another half marathon. It’s so nice to have a goal to work towards!
  3. Have two “treat days” a week. What I mean by this is, I have two days a week where I can have a treat and not feel guilty about it. For me, feeling guilty after eating something unhealthy has been a challenge, so giving myself two days a week is a good start. (Side note: it was an important distinction for me to call theses “treat” days verses “cheat” days. Cheat implies you’re doing something wrong and there is nothing wrong with balance!)
  4. I want to do something with my finances/saving, but I’m not sure what yet!
  5. Listen to at least one Christian podcast and one general podcast a week. There’s so much out there I don’t know, and the more I know, the more apparent it is that I don’t really know anything!

And for now that’s it! Below I’ve added some links that I think could help you with your approach to getting things done in 2018. These are also from Gretchen Rubin’s Podcast! I usually listen to them through the apple Podcast app, but they are also on Spotify.

Better Habit Building Techniques for:

Work

Exercise

Nutrition

Also here’s her Better Habit Building Manifesto!

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As you can see I think Gretchen has some pretty great ideas, and I’d definitely recommend giving her podcast a listen to! Happy 2018 guys! Now let’s go get things done!

xoxo, the blonde

“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2

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