At the turn of a New Year, people all over the world makeup their minds to achieve “new” things. The New Year resolutions have become somewhat of a fad. Some Individuals may desire to exercise more, meet new people, get into a different career path or even travel the world.

Recently, I met up with a friend of mine and he shared with me the ‘new’ promises that he had resolved to keep in the New Year. In the past years, he barely had any time to exercise and living a healthier life seemed like a struggle. Yet, he said to me “Caleb, in the new year I want to lose about 80 pounds and pack on some muscle mass by April”. I laughed hysterically because he had said the same thing in 2016. This time, however, I offered to assist him with his goal.

From the first day, my friend was very eager to begin his journey. He would text wondering what time the gym would close so he knew when to get there. We would set a time to go and he would show up before me to begin his treadmill warm-up. I was impressed with his ambition to achieve his New Year resolutions, though it did not last long.

My experience with my friend helped me reflect deeply on the ideals we hold. Now more than ever, there is a tendency to make these New years’ resolutions, expecting it to all work out even with little planning or effort. Yes, we all set goals that may seem unrealistic sometimes and in some cases, we may give up. However, I believe in the strength to fight on to keep up with the goals we set.

As such, it might serve better to start with small goals like making a new recipe every month or reconnecting with an old friend or even cutting down on junk food. When we are able to accomplish the little ones, the courage to keep at the bigger goals and accomplish them is certain. Consistency is key to achieving goals and I believe that consistency begins with baby steps.

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

— Michelangelo

What is your New Resolution? Are they achievable?

Caleb Williams

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Product Designer — I create digital products for start-ups that helps them solve complex challenges.

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