UNITED STATES─Well the year 2020 has dawned upon us, and with the month of January kicks of resolution season. Year after year, so many of us make New Year resolutions that we falter on within days or within weeks after we start it. However, I am here to let you know that it’s okay if you have a slip-up; it is not the end of the world. I already know people who have thrown in the towel less than a week into the New Year. I mean come on people show a bit of fight. If you’re giving up already, were you ever committed to making changes to begin with?

The problem with any resolution is that it challenges and tests us in ways that we never expect. It pushes us to our limit to see what we are capable of. What temptations can we resist? What temptations can we not resist? What are we willing to do or sacrifice to ensure that resolution we set stays in tack. Here is the problem with any resolution: we never intend for it to be permanent. For most Americans, we look at a resolution as a temporary accomplishment.

We don’t consider that resolution as something permanent or what I would call a lifestyle change or adjustment. If we take that approach we might see more success with the resolutions that we set. On top of that, you can’t just throw in the towel when you have a smoke, a drink, fast-food, sweets, coffee, forgot to exercise one day, the list goes on and on and on.

Do you see where I am going with this people? The world does not end with one mistake, because you can always start afresh the next day. This does not mean every time you have a slipup or try all over again the next day. If that is the case, you’ll keep doing it over and over and over until the resolution has no basis. It also helps to have people in your orbit who will be champions of your resolution or who will assist you in your quest to ensure you accomplish the goal you set.

It doesn’t hurt to surround yourself with people who might also have the same mission as you. Rather it’s losing weight, going cold Turkey when it comes to smoking or some other bad habit or tweak in your life that you want to fix. Look at any resolution that you are planning to accomplish as a lifelong goal that you want to sustain or continue beyond the year. If the resolution is temporary and you resort right back to that bad behavior or bad habit that you were hoping to triumph against, what was the point to begin with.

Written By Zoe Mitchell