I use to SUCK at making New Years Resolutions because I never follow through with them. Some where between the second week in January and the first week of February, I usually forgot I even declared to make a change. In 2013, I did decide to refrain from using chemicals in my hair. That may seem minor to some people but for me, that was HUGE. I was the girl who always had to have a relaxer, texturizer, or some type of tint/dye job. I was getting tired of the damage it left behind and the money I had to shell out to get it fixed. In October of 2011 (not quite New Years but close enough) I made the decision that I was going cut out all chemicals and I was going to go the natural route. To kick start this lifestyle change, I was going to do a 1 year no heat challenge. This is a challenge where you can not use any type of heat on your hair (i.e. blow dryer, flat iron, steamer, etc.). I can honestly tell you, it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done but I did it! Not only did I successfully complete the no heat challenge but 4 years have passed and I have not used one drop of any type of chemical on my hair and I have 4 MAJOR steps that I used to reach my goal.
1. Be Realistic
Yes, you can make resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or change your wardrobe but be realistic with the time frame. You will not lose 40 pounds in one month, you will not enjoy salads every day of the week, and you will not have the fashion closet of your favorite celebrity over night. Set a realistic date you wish to have your resolution accomplished by. If you want your resolution to be a lifestyle change, pace yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will your resolution. Take it week by week and remember each week that passes, you're doing better than you did the week before.
2. Find A Partner or Supporter
Having someone to hold you accountable during this process is important. While partners don't always last, it's good to have a supporter around to keep you encouraged during those times you think you want to quit. Make sure you have someone who is tough on you and is willing to remind you constantly why you're doing this. This person may become the epitome of the most annoying person in the world but remember, they are on your side.
3. Reward Yourself
No one should work for free and that goes for you too. It's so important that you treat yourself when you stay on course. Treating yourself to a manicure, a SMALL piece of your favorite dessert, or a weekend trip will help melt away the stress that comes along with a drastic or small lifestyle change. You've been working hard so you totally deserve it (even if it's only been a week)! If you don't reward yourself, you'll make yourself feel like a slave to your resolution and you aren't! Fulfilling this resolution is the end goal but you still have plenty of time to get there and you should enjoy this journey.
4. If You Mess Up, Try Again
Messing up happens but when it does don't get discouraged. Don't allow your mistake to throw you off course or give up. One thing a lot of people think is that they have to start over, you don't. Just pick yourself up and continue on your path to success as if nothing happened. Think of those mishaps as battle scars, they just make your war story more relatable when you share your success with others.
Hopefully you found these tips helpful and easy to apply. In the words of DJ Khaled, "let's win more" which loosely translates to "in 2016 let's be successful in fulfilling our resolutions".
What are some of your resolutions this year?
Njeri is a lifestyle blogger with a focus in all things beauty and fashion. Her expertise also includes event corresponding, brand consulting, and encouraging people to find happiness by living their truths.