12 Simple Resolutions That You Can Actually Stick To This Year

by Kat Estrella   |  Jan 11, 2016
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"I will avoid procrastinating this year," "I will get over my fear of dogs this year," "I will workout on a regular basis this year," or "I will stop eating so much junk food this year." How many times have you let yourself down by not sticking to a resolution you've made for the new year? How many broken promises have you made to yourself? Instead of making promises you can't keep, why not try making simple resolutions you can actually follow through this year? Below are 12 very simple resolutions you could try out. There is one resolution for every month of the year, so you have more or less 30 days to adjust and learn each one of the resolutions.

  1. January: Let go.

    Let go.

    A new year has come, it's time to let go. You may be holding on to big thing like a relative who moved away, not being accepted to a college you really wanted to go to, or a little thing, like missing the school bus this morning, or changing your answer on a test and finding out that your first answer was actually right. Whatever "size" the situation might be, you just need to learn how to let it go. Holding on to something that pains you or causes you anger will just make us feel worse. Do yourself a favor and don't let one thing bring your self down. Always try to see the brighter side of things, and remember that challenges make us stronger and teach us lessons that we will keep for the rest of our lives.

  2. February: Think more happy thoughts.

    Think more happy thoughts.

    Science has actually proven that there is a connection between psychological and physical well-being. If you think about it, happiness is the best medicine. Happiness is also contagious, so if you're happy, people around you are happy. Surround yourself with people filled with positivity, so you too can catch their happiness and positivity disease.

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  3. March: Appreciate.


    Appreciate the now by procrastinating less and doing things you can do now, right now. Thinking you still have time is one of the biggest mistakes people make. Why do later, what you can do right now? Appreciate what you already have. Appreciate the people around you. Learn how to say thank you, you don't know how happy that can make a few people. Lastly, appreciate yourself. Have more "me" time. Take care of your body. Eat fruits and vegetables, and drink vitamins.

  4. April: Be more honest.

    Be more honest.

    Being honest seems like such a petty thing, but it can really affect a great deal. Be honest when you take a test. Be honest when you are at the gy, and stick to your prescribed workout. Be honest with what you feel; don't keep those feelings caged in. Be honest, and do what you love–let your passion fuel you. Be honest with yourself. Sometimes we lose touch with what we really believe in because we sink in the voices of the people around us.

  5. May: Relax.


    This doesn't mean going on a spa trip, or a mani-pedi session (although you could if you want to!). This means learning not to panic when there's a big test or presentation on the way. It means learning how to give yourself a break. It means learning to keep calm. It means letting yourself get enough sleep. Work does not need to be stressful, as long as you know how to relax.

  6. June: Learn when to say yes, learn when to say no.

    Learn when to say yes, learn when to say no. 

    Learn how to strike a balance between saying yes and saying no. If you keep saying yes to everything and anything, it will be your own plate that's full in the end. On the other hand, if you say no too much, you could be missing great opportunities that have already come your way.

  7. July: Have fun.

    Have fun.

    I'm a firm believer that it's possible to make all things fun. Enjoying is a mindset. An example could be note taking. When I take down notes, I use different colors for the different terms and titles of the different lessons. This way, when I review for a test, my notes are actually pleasing to the eyes–something that I can enjoy to look at.

  8. August: Believe you can and work to make it happen.

    Believe you can and work to make it happen.

    You have to remember that everyone that has made it big today, once upon a time started from something small. They all had to work their way up. Believing in yourself is a great start, but it's not enough. One thing to keep in mind when we set our goals and dreams is that it's not enough to dream, you have to work to achieve your dreams. Our dreams won't work unless we do. You can talk over and over again about your goals and dreams, but nothing will happen unless you take action. Don't let your words just be words, make sure to pair your words with actions.

  9. September: Check on yourself.

    Check on yourself.

    As weird as it sounds, you need to check on yourself. It's normal to ask our friends how they've been doing, because they're people we don't see very often. On the other hand, you are always with yourself, but despite this, do you really know how you've been doing, or have you lost yourself amidst everything that's happening around you? Ask yourself how you've been the last few months. You don't need to talk to yourself to do this. You can simply think and reflect. It may help to keep a journal or a blog so you can let your feelings out.

  10. October: Be brave.

    Be brave

    Being brave does not require superhero-like qualities. Being brave is not about being fearless, it's about not letting fear stop you. Be brave enough to take that leap of faith. Be brave by trying out something new . Be brave by simply reciting in that class that has a terror professor. There are endless opportunities to be brave.

    11. November: Be open to learning.



    If you've been sticking to your resolutions the last 10 months, then you're actually on your way to learning. As good as you can get, there will always be people out there who knows more than you do, or who can do a few things better than you do. Be humble enough to acknowledge that, and be open to learning from them. Grab every chance for a new learning experience.

    12. December: Share more.



    Christmas is the season of giving, but you don't need packages wrapped in ribbons to be able to share. Share whatever you can share. Share stories, share posts that could make people smile. Share your ideas, share your talents. Create with these talents. Share your time and spend it with the people who mean the most to you.


What do you resolve to do more of this year? And how are you going to achieve those resolutions? Leave a message or tweet us @candymagdotcom to join in on the conversation!

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