Get those damn resolutions back on track

Resolutions? It’s March! Rob, get your shit together.

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If you’re anything like me (and the vast majority of people), you’re ready to waive goodbye to February as it passes by. Also like most people — 80%, to be exact — our New Year’s Resolutions have given way to last year’s habits, and are long-behind in the rearview.

But where did things go wrong? Were we too ambitious? Too vague? Too idealistic? And how the hell can you make a resolution that actually sticks?

Whether you want to learn a new language, build an emergency fund, get in shape, or develop a new skill, you can succeed. And rather than banking on waking up at some ungodly hour to sweat it out on the elliptical or cutting back on lattes to save enough to retire in Bali one day, these six steps will help you make changes that actually have a lasting impact.

  1. Find your thing. If you have multiple goals, you’ll divide your efforts and lose steam on each of them. What gets you so excited that you jump out of bed in the morning? What blogs and subreddits do you follow? What will do you alone, even when your friends aren’t down? That’s the thing you should be going after.

I know how daunting this can be. But honest to god, it can be done. I have done or do each of these every damn day. Believe in what you’re working towards, believe in your ability to make it happen, and then just fucking go for it. Don’t wait for anybody else to give you permission, don’t listen to the people who say it can’t be done, and don’t get distracted by the noise. If you want it, go get it.

I'm an award-winning writer based in Toronto. My work's been featured by Thrive, Thought Catalog, and The Startup. I'm always trying to get better.

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