How to achieve long term New Year Resolutions

Baby steps are the key

As 2019 just kicked off, let’s think of our New Year resolutions.

The question is not: What would I like to do or what would I like to change in the New Year. The question is: How will I make it possible? How will I achieve at least two or three of the goals on my To-Do-List, which we all have in one form or another.

We all have to understand that changes need time. When we say, “I want to travel the world!” That’s an amazing goal, but we won’t make it to see the other side of the globe when we get lost at the airport right after we arrived. Not that it’s always needed, but right after the holiday, we LOVE to say: “I will lose weight!” That’s also all fine, but it won’t help if you cut down all the carbs and sweets for two weeks and go back to normal because you had a bad day and crave chocolate with no end.

Take baby steps. Make a difference between what’s a goal you can achieve quicker than the other. Break each goal down into the easiest tasks and there soon will be progress! It absolutely depends on what our individual goals are, but let’s go with some ‘typical’ long-term goals, which pop up at some point on every To-Do-List.

Quit smoking:
That’s obviously one for the longer run. To go cold turkey is the worst.
Of course, it would be the best thing, you didn’t even started, it’s not healthy, let’s face it.
But you want to stop? Then take it slow.
Your body had the plus of nicotine for longer than a few days, so don’t stop from one minute to the other.
Think of how many cigarettes you smoke each day and cut them down.
Smoke two less than the day before. And when you feel okay, then stop with the next two.
And even if it takes longer, you do it, to feel better. You want to stop smoking, so you will find your way through it. Your body and your health, in general, will be thankful once you’re at the point to stop with that one cigarette you smoke per day.

Getting a new job:
Let’s be honest, there are moments in our lives where we go: LET’S CHANGE THIS! I am not happy! I want a new job, I want to quit and start over!
Well…We all wish it would be that easy, right? But not for all the next job is just waiting around the next corner.
Even you might have to suck it up for a little longer, don’t give up.
Stay in your daily job, get your documents up to date and off you go.
It needs patience, it needs time, it needs mental strength.
Looking for jobs, when you have none to earn money to make a living from it, is the hardest thing. You’ll have your mind at ease, as long as you will be able to pay your bills at the end of the month.
So, get onto your job- hunt, but don’t quit before you got something new.

Traveling:
To travel, not just for two weeks of holiday must be dream. But it needs preparation.
So let’s break it down: Where do you want to go?
For how long, will you be able to travel?
Will you be alone?
Will there be friends around?
How much money will you need to just get the costs for each travel- step covered?
Start with: When will I get on this trip?
How much will the plane tickets cost?
Will there be the chance to sleep at a friend’s place?
Do I have to get a hotel- or hostel room?
As annoying as it is: It all goes down to the money!
The longer you had time to research and calculate it all the better.
You will feel much more relaxed and confident the more information you have.

Saving Money:
To save money is always a matter of HOW to do it.
To cut down your expenses?
Sure! That’s always a good thing to start with.
Write down what you bought for a week and then cut the things out you just bought because you had the chance to, but didn’t even needed.
We don’t have to cut down on everything, we might just have to limit it?
As we have some Starbucks lovers at Fuzzable, we can tell… We love them, but they are expensive!
And most likely, we get coffee at Starbucks or any other well-known brand, just because we walk past one of the coffee houses on our way to work.

Just to give it a go. Walk past your daily coffee station for three days and put the coins and pounds, you normally would have spend into – yes – that comes from personal experience: A piggy bank!
Or, if you fancy, a jar.
It takes time. As usual, but in the end, it will literally pay off!
Whenever you have change in your purse, put it in the jar.
It might only be a few coins or pounds all few days… but look at the jar at the end of just one month!
There will be money! There will be some money left, which you can take and then put onto your bank account, or you can spend it for something you really wished to get it for a long time.

It is may be a bit stereotypical, but to see some easier ways to break down big goals for 2019 also helped some of us. The most important thing to say at the end: Take your own time. Take all the time you need. It’s not a shame if one of your goals won’t be fulfilled by the end of the year.

Thank you, for all your love and support in 2018! We can’t wait to see what the New Year will bring!

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Written by Vanessa

I love writing, music, especially concerts and books!
In my spare time you will find me at my favourite bookstore checking on all the new releases, at a coffee shop reading or writing my own little bits and pieces. In that time, I mostly listen to my favourite songs by 5 Seconds Of Summer, One Direction, (solo aswell, of course!) Ed Sheeran, Anne- Marie, Green Day, The Rolling Stones or the Beatles.
And I LOVE to wear something with stripes and polka dots!

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