What Your New Year’s Resolution List Should Be

Tiffany, Day Hiking Ambassador

The infamous questions, “What are your New Year’s Resolutions?” Everyone has heard it. Is this question friend or foe, however? While some may deem the January first tradition as overdone and pointless, many others believe it is a chance to begin a new year in another, fresh light. In our pursuance of a better us, however, it is easy to bite of a bigger chunk of commitment than we are capable of handling. Instead of falling short on big goals and becoming discouraged, try setting realist, specific goals to begin with. These accomplished goals become the stepping stones to bigger aspirations. For a snowshoe-r, small objections can build to become the foundation of a happy, healthy, avid hobby.

Making big goals for snowshoeing is easy. Following through is another game. Instead of creating vague, giant goals, hone in the scale for specific outcomes. Instead of saying, “I want to exercise more”, figure out what that means to you. Do you want more strength? If so maybe saying “I will go to the gym and strength train for half an hour so many days a week” would be more appropriate. Want to be better at cardio? Swap the goal for snowshoeing/hiking/running a certain number of times a week. Travel goals make the top of most resolution lists. Instead of leaving it vague, name a location. I want to snowshoe in the White Mountains for a weekend. A specific place makes it more realistic and easier to plan. Do you want to eat better? Eliminating every bad food from your diet at once is almost always a recipe for failure because you feel deprived. Instead of going cold turkey at once and risking your desire to “cheat” your diet, eliminate certain foods at a time. For instance, you could start by creating a goal to drop refined sugars. If that stuck you could move on to other categories. The key is to go at your own speed. Some may be able to drop processed foods without hesitation while others may have to break it up into more steps. Neither is wrong, as long as you are honest with yourself.

The truth behind any successful resolution is realizing an end result isn’t always an easy target. Breaking your goals up into smaller steps, however, can be the difference between accomplishment and just saying you will get to it the next year. At the end of the day, your resolutions are all your own. Find the system that works for you. More importantly, find a way to enjoy your journey! This is your year, own it!