New Years and Trying New Things

Happy New Years! It's 2019! It's the time of the years where people everyone try their hardest to become "better versions of themselves", and ultimately give up a couple weeks in. But it's just day 1, so most people probably still have hope.

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I entered the new year singing "A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman (10/10 highly recommend), and so has my brother... quite literally. It's what he's singing right now. I have so much hope for this new year, and I decided to try to begin my New Year's Resolutions early, so that I could be in a better frame of mind and hopefully begin more easily by the time the new year rolled around. I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of making plans to really change my life for the better, then fall back into routine- so I've spent a bit of time thinking about what we can really do to help ourselves succeed in whatever our resolution may be. So I've come up with 3 things that I feel may really help make those dreams a reality: Motivation, Organization, and Optimism.

1. Motivation. If your goal is really something that you truly want to go after, motivation shouldn't be too much of an issue. Sometimes it may take some convincing of yourself to do something, and that's where you really need to convince yourself of the importance of your resolution. Set some goals! Give yourself some rewards! For example, if your goal is to study or to finish reading a book, reward yourself for every couple of pages read with maybe a sweet or something you like so that you are more likely to read.

2. Organization. Some people are very organized, some people aren't as much, so this really depends on your personal organization habits. Organization can be very necessary in achieving a goal. I mean, you might want to figure out how you're planning on achieving a goal before you go after it, right? For example, if your goal is to try to lose weight, you're not just going to suddenly start eating healthy and exercising like crazy, you're going to use moderation and slowly build up so that you don't get sick or hurt yourself. It takes organization and creating goals- thinking "okay, what's my first step to reach my goal?". Think of each step as a mini-goal!

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3. Optimism. So many people like to hound themselves this time of the year, telling themselves that they "can't do it" or that they're "not good enough". The more negative thoughts you give to your goal makes it less appealing to you, and often promotes more negative actions, leading you further and further away from the dreams you had for the new year. When you feel yourself catching these negative thoughts, remind yourself why you're doing it and that you truly can do anything you put your mind to.

Achieving your goals may seem easy in your mind, but they aren't always. It takes a lot more patience then we maybe realize, but the outcomes once we reach them are so fulfilling. Don't stop dreaming, and don't stop pressing on with your goals. Happy New Year's from all of us at ZB Productions, and we wish you the very best of years.

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