We’re Back & This Time With a Vengeance!
The year was 2020– the end of a decade and the start of major progressive developments, economically, socially, and historically. Our economy was at an all time high and our country was as close to “world peace” than it had ever been. We all had high hopes for this year. A lot of change was predicted to come this way and our goals and values were aligned to meet that change, to embrace it. Little did we know that a vast majority of that change would come in the form of deprivation and devastation. Between the widespread wildfires, iconic celebrity passing’s, a global pandemic, an economic crash identical to the Great Depression, unemployment rates at an all time high, racial protests, and violence between the social classes, this has been a year for the books. Nothing like we could have ever suspected or prepared for. But guess what? We made it and as proof, 2021 is right around the corner and ready to welcome us into the new year.
Wrapping up a decade is always a momentous effort, especially when you’re heading into a year with repeating numbers. For some reason, your expectations and resolutions seem to be aimed at higher mark, as if the year number itself depicts how successful we can be. If 2020 has taught us anything it is that life is unpredictable and regardless of how good our intentions are or how ambitions our goals seem to be, that can all change in the blink of an eye. 2021 may not be a numerical end to a chapter or even an appealing number but given all that we have faced and conquered this year, 2021 holds even more promise than 2020 ever did. This is the year we take back what is ours– our freedoms, our happiness, our carefree lifestyles. This is the year that we don’t take the boring and mundane things for granted but instead, we embrace them! For this New Year’s resolutions, go big. Aim for all of the things you set out to do this year and then double it. We need to spend this next year making up for lost time. Lacking a little motivation this go round after the gut punch we all just took? Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a year full of purpose and vengeance.
Make it Obvious.
- Be specific with your resolution. Whether you’re starting or stopping a habit, trying new hobbies, or finessing your current goals, be detailed driven in your intentions. Set a time and location so that it is clear when and were this transition will happen. The more purpose and thought you put into, the harder it is to quit.
- If applicable, stack a new habit/ hobby onto a current one. Again, it makes it harder to quit when you have multiple parts relying on one another.
- Use your surrounding environment as a cue to follow through. Keep your goal within reach so it’s hard to ignore. For example: Say you’re wanting to lose little weight come Summer. Through some workout equipment right outside of the kitchen so you have to walk past it every time you want to get food. This will trip your subconscious into thinking about whether you actually want food or if you’re just looking for a time filler.
Make it Appealing.
Identify the attractive qualities of the habit. Whether that be feeling more destressed after sticking to the new habit/ hobby or just the simple thought that you’re one step closer to reaching your goal, take note of your mind and body as you’re going through the process. Hold onto those highs and use those as motivations to show up tomorrow.
Use the influence of friends or family. We tend to imitate those we are close to, and view their habits as a normal part of life. It’s easier to hold yourself accountable when you’re not the only one relying on you. If you have someone who is looking to tackle the same obstacle as you, don’t be afraid to buddy up and take on the experience with you!
Make it Simple.
- Half the battle is just starting the action, so make it easy to initiate the activity every day. Making sure the action is easily attainable and something not so far out of reach makes it harder for you to develop excuses as to why you aren’t able to follow through for the day.
Start out small and work your way up. This is not a go big or go home situation. Most people quit their resolutions because they’re overzealous and often get overwhelmed when they don’t see the results they want within the first few weeks. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Make it Satisfying.
- A habit needs to be enjoyable in order for it to last. I mean, think about it– why would we push ourselves day after day to follow through with something that we despised doing. We would manifest excuses and settle agreements with ourselves as to why this resolution was a dumb habit to start. You have to find the joy in it. Once we’re able to experience the reward of getting through a day, we’re much more likely to maintain consistency.
The great thing about resolutions is anyone can do them and they can be easily tailored to your specific goals and desires. Additionally, you can start them WHENEVER! Most people follow the anointed January 1st kick off date but no one says you can’t start the week after, the month after, or heck, even 6 months after. The trick when starting a new resolution is doing so at a time that works for you. In fact, some psychologists even argue that January 1st is the WORST day of the year to start your resolutions because of the hectic baggage that the holidays bring. It’s a good thing at Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology that we offer class starts for each of our programs all throughout the year. Life is not simple and it is the furthest thing from straightforward as 2020 has kindly shown us. Sometimes what works for her doesn’t necessarily work for you. If you’re wanting to take 2021 by storm, do it on your terms. Period.
If starting a career in beauty is on your list of resolutions this year, head on over to our contact page to learn more about our start dates and all that we do to help you reach your goals. 2021 is our year and we are here to help you conquer it!