A brand new year is fast approaching. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, people all over the world will resolve to become healthier versions of themselves. 

At Wana Wellness, we love seeing people working to enhance their lives. But we also know that a failed Resolution can feel like a big, disheartening setback in your wellness journey. So, we’ve put together a list of five tips to help your New Year’s Resolution succeed… and some of them might surprise you! 


1. Resolve to do something you’ll enjoy. 

Most people think of Resolutions as things we should do, not things we want to do. But not every New Year’s Resolution has to feel like a chore. In fact, you’re more likely to succeed if you can find a way to enjoy the change in your routine.  

For example, if you hate running, don’t try to start a daily jogging regimen just because it seems healthy. Instead, find a form of exercise you actually enjoy, like joining a soccer team or a climbing gym. If you’re resolving to eat healthier, consider taking a cooking class or splurging on a meal kit service rather than forcing yourself to eat the same boring kale salad each night (no disrespect to the kale lovers out there). And of course, if you’ve resolved to add CBD to your daily routine, make sure you choose a delicious and effective product like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies.  

 

2. Aim high, but be willing to adjust. 

 In his seminal book on workplace productivity, “Measure What Matters,” venture capitalist John Doerr encourages readers to shoot for big, sometimes even daunting goals… as long as they are prepared to accept and learn from any short-falls. 

“At Google… aspirational [goals] are set at 60 to 70% attainment,” Doerr writes, by way of example. “In other words, performance is expected to fall short at least 30% of the time. And that’s considered a success!” 

The same principle can be applied to your New Year’s Resolution. For instance, say you resolve to do an hour of yoga every morning before work. If you attain that goal, you’ll feel amazing! But even if you wind up adjusting to 30 minutes three times a week, you’re still going to become a lot more centered (and more flexible!) than when you started. We’d certainly call that success. 

When it comes to Resolutions, there’s no reason not to shoot for the moon – in fact, the more ambitious the goal, the more amazing the potential results – as long as you can still be proud if you land in the stars. 

janga block stacked to make stairs

3. Think in terms of priorities, not additions.

There are only so many hours in the day, and most of us have already filled them. It’s not fair – or even realistic – to expect yourself to fit one more to-do into an already jam-packed schedule. So if your resolution is something potentially time-consuming, like reading more, try framing it this way: 

“I’m going to make reading a priority this year.” 

Since you can’t magically add extra hours onto every day, this prioritization likely means something else will have to shift to make room. Maybe you cut down on TV time. Maybe you trade music for audiobooks on your morning commute. Maybe you delete social media apps from your phone and replace your doom-scrolling with page-turning! 

Whatever you decide, one thing’s for sure: you can’t do it all, so take this opportunity to consider what wellness goals are most important to you.

4. Write it down. 

This one may seem eye-rollingly simple, but we swear it works… at least according to neuroscientists. 

“People who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals,” writes researcher Mark Murphy in a 2018 Forbes article. 

That’s because the act of writing forces you to process and “reprocess” ideas, “sear[ing] them into your brain.” Remember your school days, when sometimes making the notecards to prepare for a test was more helpful than actually studying them? It works that way with goal-setting too! 

For extra oomph, write the goal down and display it prominently in your home or office… let it serve as a daily reminder of what you know you can achieve. 

person writing new years goals

5. Forgive yourself when you mess up. 

Ever hear the expression, “The perfect is the enemy of the good?” In our success-driven society, anything less than perfection can seem like abject failure. While there’s nothing wrong with having high expectations for yourself (see Tip 2), all-or-nothing thinking is a surefire path to abandoned Resolutions and low self-esteem. 

Say your goal is to write in your journal every day. Now say life gets busy, as it always does, and you skip the journaling a few days in a row – maybe even for a week or two. It might be tempting at this point to say, “I’m such a slacker. I’ve already screwed this up, so what’s the point in even continuing?” But what good does that do anyone? 

Instead, forgive yourself for slipping up (i.e. being human) and try again the next day. Miss a few days the following week? That’s ok, the journal isn’t going anywhere. By next January, wouldn’t you rather have a year’s worth of semi-regular entries than a few meticulously recorded pages and then nothing?  By allowing yourself occasional lapses – striving for the good instead of the perfect – you’re setting yourself up for meaningful, attainable success. 

Come to think of it, maybe we should all set one non-negotiable Resolution for the New Year: Be kind to yourself. There’s no better way to enhance your life.