How To Set Achievable New Year’s Resolutions: Tips & Inspiration

Setting achievable New Year’s resolutions involves thoughtful planning, realistic goal setting, and a commitment to making positive changes. Here are some tips to help you set and achieve realistic resolutions:

  1. Reflect on the Past Year:

  • Assess your achievements and challenges from the past year. This reflection can provide insights into areas where you want to make positive changes.
  1. Be Specific and Clear:

  • Clearly define your goals. Instead of unrealistic resolutions, make them specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).
  1. Start Small:

  • Break larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks. This makes the overall goal less overwhelming and allows you to celebrate your small wins.
  1. Prioritize:

  • Focus on a few key resolutions rather than spreading yourself too thin. Prioritize the goals that are most important to you.
  1. Create Action Plans:

  • Outline the steps you need to take to reach your goals. A clear action plan helps you stay on track and provides a roadmap for success.

New Year’s Resolutions Inspiration:

  1. Health and Wellness:

  • Set goals related to physical activity, nutrition, and mental well-being. This could include starting a new exercise routine, adopting a healthier diet, or practising mindfulness.
  1. Learning and Growth:

  • Commit to acquiring new skills or furthering your education. This could involve taking a course, learning a new language, or exploring a new hobby.
  1. Career Development:

  • Identify specific career-related goals, such as taking a short course, networking more actively, or setting a plan for your professional growth.
  1. Relationships:

  • Focus on improving your relationships with family, friends, or colleagues. This could involve spending more quality time with loved ones or resolving conflicts.
  1. Financial Well-being:

  • Set realistic financial goals, such as creating a budget, saving for a specific purpose, or paying off debts.

Choma, the key to achieving your New Year’s resolutions is consistency and perseverance. Start with small, manageable steps, and build from there. Celebrate your progress, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you face setbacks. Each day is a new opportunity to work towards your goals.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, an  Instagram message, a  Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

Is it too late to achieve your health goals for the year?

Our new year’s resolutions often include improving our health and fitness goals, but at the same time it becomes challenging to maintain these resolutions. I’m here to tell you, that you’re not alone and it’s never too late to start achieving your health goals.

It’s important to remember that exercising regularly and eating healthy are important in achieving your ultimate fitness goal. Every healthy meal you eat, and every workout you finish brings you one small step closer to your goal. Here are some tips to help you stick to your goal.

Choose things you enjoy

We’re very good at avoiding the things we don’t want to do. This is true for healthy eating and exercise. If we don’t enjoy the meals in our new diet or dislike our workout plan, we often make excuses not to do it. You can avoid this problem by choosing things you enjoy. Create a diet that works for you without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. As the saying goes, everything in moderation.

The same for exercise, if you don’t enjoy certain types of training (high intensity, weight training) a simple 20 minute walk, a dance routine or jog every day, could be a much better choice for you.

Make small changes

It’s not easy adjusting to a new lifestyle change, so it’s okay to take it slow. While an all-or-nothing approach to healthy eating and exercise is ideal, it’s usually not easy to maintain. You can start by simply cutting out processed (junk) food from your diet.

Apply the same rule for exercise. If you push yourself or do too much too soon, you’ll just end up sore, tired, and missing workouts.

There’ll always be slip-ups

Unplanned dietary slip-ups and missed workouts happen to everyone. The trick is not to let small slip-ups turn into a habit. One unhealthy meal doesn’t have to trigger a week-long junk food binge. A missed workout or two, doesn’t mean you should give up exercising entirely. If you do slip-up, do your best to get back to your routine as soon as possible.

Don’t wait until next year January; it’s never too late to achieve your health goals and there’s no better day to start than today. Remember to start slow and that slip-ups are okay. Remain positive and believe in yourself, Choma.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send a Facebook message or a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

How to set your 12-month goal plan

Achieving what you set out at the beginning of the year takes some planning and commitment. Without a proper plan for your goals, it can be difficult to achieve them. That’s why you need a specific and clear plan so that you can keep track of your progress. Here’s more.

Be specific

Write down what you want to achieve in the next 12 months. Be specific and as detailed as possible so that you can plan appropriately. For example, if you want to do well in school this year, set the marks you want to get and think of ways you can achieve them.

Be realistic

When setting your 12-month goal plan, make sure that you’re being realistic. You need to set goals that are achievable within 12 months. Being unrealistic can lead to disappointment and feeling demotivated. For example, if you scored 30% in a particular subject and want to improve, you’ll have to pace yourself realistically like aiming to get 50% in the first term, 70% the following term, etc.

Break down your goals

Since you’ve got 12 months to achieve your goals, it’ll make it easier for you to break them down into smaller targets that will all add up to the end goal in mind. For instance, improving your marks at the end of the year will need you to aim to improve every term because all your class tests, end of term exams, and assignments will count at the end of the year to give you your desired outcome.

Draw up a plan of action

In order to achieve your goal, you’ll need to work at it. So, write down a step by step plan on how you’ll get to your goals. Be clear on what you’ll do daily, weekly, monthly, etc to contribute to your desired goals at the end of 12 months.

Stay committed

After writing down your plan of action, you need to stay committed to it. This means following through on your daily plan of action, even when it’s difficult. You can give yourself rewards along the way to help you do this.

Choma, your goals are valid and can be reached if you give yourself the time and patience to plan for them. Remember that some goals may be more challenging to reach than others, but that shouldn’t discourage you. Keep going, you’ll get to your destination in the end.

Remember if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

How to make your holidays worthwhile 

I know this year was long and you worked extra hard to get great results, so the only thing you’re looking forward to is catching up on your favourite shows, sleeping a little bit later than usual or just having a lot of fun with your friends. But being on holiday doesn’t mean you should be unproductive. If you’re worried about planning for your future, the best time to do it is now. With that said Choma, here are a few ways you can make your holidays more worthwhile. 

Volunteer 

Volunteering and community service is a great opportunity for you to become an active member of your community and personally Choma, I think it’s very cool. You can go to your local municipality and ask for a list of organisations that you can help at. For example, you can help out at an old age home, orphanage or even an animal shelter. Working and genuinely helping people will help improve your people skills, as well as help you learn responsibility – not to mention it could be so much fun!

A Community Clean-up 

You can gather your Chomas and start a community clean up, whereby you guys go around the community and clean it up. What you can also do is approach your local council and let them know about this project so that they can sponsor you with garbage bags and disposable gloves. Not only will this develop your leadership skills for the future, you’re also improving your community and your relationship with the people around you. 

Get a part-time job

Getting a part-time job teaches you a lot of responsibility. Besides being able to afford what you really like, the skills you’ll gain will look good when writing your first CV or updating an existing one. 

Apply for bursaries

Let’s be honest, education is expensive and we all want to get our education funded. Now, I’m not saying spend your holidays applying for bursaries but an hour every third day won’t hurt. 

One of the helpful sites that you can use to find a few bursaries is CellCgirl. 

Youth Sports Tournament 

A lot of young people spend their free time drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs. These substances can result in addiction and worse; death. Starting a youth sporting tournament will help a lot of the youth in your community keep busy and fit.

You could also go to your local radio station and tell them what you plan on doing for the youth, and you might get lucky and get sponsored with equipment.

As much as you’re meant to relax during your holidays, don’t forget to get involved in activities that your future self will thank you for. It all begins with you; right now!

Also remember that if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

How to Stick to Your Goals

We’re already halfway through the year, and it’s usually a time where most of you might even be thinking about the things you have, or haven’t, achieved. Generally, sticking to goals can be a challenge so don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t achieve all of them in a certain space of time. It doesn’t mean that you should give up on setting goals altogether, it just means that you need to change your approach to your goals. So before you give up, even on those New Year’s resolutions you made in the beginning of the year, here are a few tips for sticking to your goals Choma.

Focus on the why

Do you remember why you chose that specific goal Choma? One of the most important things to consider when you’re trying to achieve your goal is why you wanted to achieve it in the first place. It can be hard to achieve your goal when you lack motivation or if you lose focus on why you wanted to achieve that goal in the first place. To stay motivated, set meaningful goals for yourself and remind yourself why they are important to you. They don’t have to be huge goals Choma. Goals are actually easier to achieve when you start small. Or you could just break your big goal into smaller goals and focus on those. If it’s worth it Choma, don’t give up on it.

Believe in yourself

One of the biggest obstacles to not achieving your goals is not thinking that you can do it in the first place. If you think you can’t achieve something, it’s quite likely that you won’t end up doing it. If you truly believe that you can, then you will end up focusing all your energy into achieving your goal. Like I said Choma, start with the small goals. The more small goals you achieve, the more encouraged you’ll feel to achieve other, bigger goals. Don’t set unrealistic goals that you can’t achieve. Know yourself, know what you want, understand what goals are important to you and work towards those goals.

Learn from the past

Anything can happen along the way. You might face a challenge that makes it harder to achieve your goal. You might find yourself in a situation that distracts you from your goal. You might have tried to achieve your goal and it just didn’t go according to place. Don’t let these circumstances keep you from trying again. If your goal is something you truly want to achieve, look closely at the reasons you might have failed and learn from those mistakes instead of letting those mistakes keep you down. Failure can teach us what not to do, and how we can make better choices next time.

Achieve them with others

Sometimes the problem with achieving your goal is that you’re trying to achieve all of them alone without the support of those around you. A good idea is to see which goals you can achieve with your friends or a family member and work towards achieving it together. For example, you might decide that you want better marks this year and you might know a friend who wants the same – team up to form a study group and work together. You’ll find that achieving your goals is easier because you have someone who wants what you want, has your back and expects you to also have theirs. There’s power in partnership Choma.

Think ahead

If you do realise that something in the future might hold you back from achieving your goals, try to plan around it. For example, if an event is coming up – or let’s say your friends/family are coming over –  and this might interfere with a goal you planned to work, instead of thinking that your opportunity to achieve your goal will be over, reschedule your plans. Also learn how to prioritise. You don’t have to drop everyone and everything to achieve every goal, but know when it is important to prioritise achieving your goal over everything else.

 

If you need advice or help, remember that you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657)

How to Plan for your Future

When you’re young you sometimes think you have all the time in the world to plan for your future, then one day you realise that you have to make important decisions that involve your future like what subjects to take by the end of Grade 9, whether you will be furthering your education after Matric or deciding on your career path after Matric.

The thing is chomas, the choices we make from a young age – from the sports games we choose to play in primary school to the subjects we decide to take by the end of Grade 9 – can affect the direction of our future. I’m not saying that all of your future plans should be made now chomas – you can always change the direction of your future at any age – but the journey can be made easier if you plan for it from today.

Deciding on your future

Go to a quiet place, a place where you can think for as long as you want knowing that you won’t be disturbed. Use your time here to think about what you want your future to be like and where you’d like to end up.

Think about what you are passionate about, what you are good at and what you currently enjoy doing, like an activity you’d be happy doing every day even if it means not getting paid for it. What might also help is talking to your friends and family and asking them what they believe you’re good at. This may give you a better understanding of where your future is headed. Just remember that at the end of the day the decision is yours. You don’t want to end up planning towards something you know you won’t enjoy.

Set your goals

Do you like children or volunteering at an orphanage? Maybe you should look into becoming a paediatrician, teacher or social worker. Do you make people laugh? Maybe you could become a comedian or a writer. Write everything you enjoy doing and that will help you start setting your goals. Once you know what you want to do, research your goal and find out as much as possible about it.

Detail your actions and set deadlines

Once you have set out your goals on your piece of paper, you need to write out your steps in detail and give yourself a deadline. Set a deadline for each step and keep a record of the steps you’ve taken and completed towards your goals. This will show you how close you are to your goals. If you missed your deadline, find out what stopped you from completing the step. Are you putting in enough effort or is there something else distracting you?

Volunteer

Do volunteer work in the industry you want to be in or with the people who have achieved the goals you want to achieve. No matter how young you are, you can always meet people that may later on become your business partners or help you reach your goals.

Always believe you can

It’s important to believe in yourself and your abilities to reach your goals choma. See yourself already achieving those goals. For example, imagine that you have bought yourself that house or gotten that qualification. Visualising your goal will keep you motivated choma! Now, work towards your goal and never stop until you have achieved them all.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your future and what you want to do. Always trust in yourself and be proud of taking this first step to planning for your future!  

How to get to the top of your class

If you’re not someone who always gets top marks in your class, you might look at others and wonder how they do it, or perhaps think that you obviously have to be born with high intelligence or luck in order to make it. That’s not necessarily true chomas.

Getting to the top of your class takes hard work and determination. Now don’t get scared by the words ‘hard work’, if you apply yourself and follow these tips, you will reap the rewards and soon everyone will be looking at you and wondering how you make being smart seem so easy:

Set a Goal

To be at the top of your class, you need to make a conscious decision to get there. So start by saying to yourself: “This year, I will get the best marks and do better than I have ever done before.” Success starts with confidence. Find out what goals are important to you and what you want to achieve this year. 

Research

Don’t just rely on what you hear in your class, do some extra studying on your subjects when you’re out of class. You could even ask your teacher to give you a breakdown of what you will be learning for the year so that you can prepare for it. This way you will ensure that you are always ahead of the class. The Internet and public library are great sources of information and are free and easily accessible. 

Resources

There are several places where you can get free reading and learning material. Get a library card and ask the Librarian to help you pick out books that relate to your school work or subjects. You could also do a Google search on your subjects to get further information. Just imagine how good it would feel when a teacher asks a question about a subject and you’re able to put your hand up every time because you prepared ahead of time for the lesson?

Another good way to get free resources, material or study help is to ask someone who has already done your subjects. Ask them for tips, old books and, if they have time, maybe help explaining certain subjects to you. 

Sacrifice

Being top of your class means that you will have to sacrifice a bit of your time. This means that you may have to focus more on your books and less on socialising. Of course, you don’t have to cut your friends out, just focus on balancing between school and your social life. 

Support

Tell your family members or those close to you about your plans to excel at school. Perhaps you can then look to them for support and this way they will respect your time and space when you need to study. Also try to find a study buddy. It’s always better to study with a friend.

If you’re wondering why you should worry about being smart at school, remember choma that it’s not just about being smart at school, it’s about excelling in school so that you can push through your high school years and eventually reach a point where you have even more opportunities to study in college, varsity and reach the career of your dreams.

If you excel at the top of your class and show that you are not only smart but hardworking, you could apply for bursaries and stand a better chance of getting one. When you’re done studying further, you will then have the opportunity to choose an awesome career. At the end of the day it’s all about making a success of yourself and I believe that anyone can do that, no matter where they come from.

So start thinking about your future now choma, go to your class and be the best you can be! You’ve got this!

Mid year tune ups

We start the year with such enthusiasm, and resolutions: I am going to get fit, run 10kms, work and study harder, be nicer to my little brother, eat veggies with every meal, and write a book… all before next Tuesday. But by February, our lofty goals are often forgotten. By May, they are ancient history!

Well, I say, why wait for New Year’s Day or next month or Monday to start making changes? Forget resolutions! Focus on how you can take steps today to keep your big plans on track.

1. Change one thing

Sometimes we have soooo many things we want to change, or we set the goal posts too far away, so we make it nearly impossible to achieve our goals. Then as you see your chances and progress slipping away, we get disheartened and give up. That’s like dieting for a week and giving up when you don’t drop 10 kilos in just seven days!

Pick one thing for now. You want to exercise two times next week. Or you want to try a healthy food you’ve never eaten before. Or if you are out of the house already, maybe you resolve to call Mom on Sunday, every Sunday. If you have only one thing to achieve in the short term, then you can achieve it relatively easily, and get a boost of positivity to keep going. Then try do that one thing for a couple of weeks in a row. When it becomes a habit, then you can look at adding another one thing to your plan. Just don’t overwhelm yourself.

2. Start now, right now

Action is critical when it comes to keeping to the big changes we want to make in our lives. It is hard to get started, but often once you get going and get excited by the early results you start to see then it becomes easier to just keep at it.

So, instead of waiting to make a big chance, start right now. If you want to get fitter, go for a walk today. If you want to save up some money, start right now by sticking R5 or whatever you have got in a jar or box. If you put R60 aside every month from today, you’ll have R480 by the end of the year. If getting healthier is one of your goals, you can make big changes now, and be reaping the benefits – feeling healthy and confident – in a couple of months. Don’t wait till December and then say “oh I wish I had started earlier”, start now.

3. Make commitments

It might help to get someone else “on your team”. Call up a friend and arrange to go for a walk with them after school. If you’ve committed to someone, you’re less likely to just laugh it off later when you’re not feeling as keen. If you’re saving money, tell your friend or your mom or someone. That way, they can gently suggest you skip buying another pink skirt, or junk food, or whatever, and rather put the money away.

If you don’t want to involve someone else, you can write a note to yourself, and put it in your wallet, so every time you mindlessly decide to buy something, you get a reminder to stop and rather save.

You could also make a “countdown” poster as another way to remind yourself of your big plans and to keep you accountable. Write goals on each week, so you can track your progress against it.

Tell us, choma: What are the big changes you want to make in your life, and how do you plan to achieve them?

How to stick to Your New Year’s resolutions

You know how it is, in January we’re all excited about the New Year and making status updates with the hashtag: #NewYearNewMe. And then come March or April we’ve forgotten or given up on most of our New Year’s resolutions. Well chomas, let’s make a decision to make this year different.

So to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions, I’ve created a list to help you out.

1. Don’t try to change everything at once

One of the reasons that we give up on our resolutions is because we try to change too much too quickly. Start off slowly, maybe even by starting with just one resolution at a time. Choose the goal that you know you’re most likely to achieve. Once the first goal is ticked off your list, choose the next goal you’re most likely to achieve and slowly work towards the big things. This way, you will become more confident the more you achieve and feel more motivated to continue.

2. Write it down/talk about it

By writing your resolutions down, or talking about them with others, you’re making your goals more real. If you simply think about it, it’s easier for your to give up or forget about it because then your goals are just thoughts. Also, writing a list allows you to keep track of your goals – everything you’ve achieved and are yet to achieve.

3. Have a plan

Don’t just throw yourself into it, make sure that you think about it. Plan out what you’re going to start with and how you’re going to go about doing it. This way you will see what is and what is not achievable. Which brings me to my next point…

4. Be realistic

Know what is and what is not possible when it comes to you personally choma. I’m not saying limit yourself, but definitely understand yourself. For example, deciding to run a marathon next month even though you’ve never ran a race in your life may not be a very realistic goal. So just think about what it is that you want to achieve and set realistic expectations for yourself. Also be realistic about failure – sometimes it happens. Just make sure that you’re mentally prepared to deal with it. One way to be mentally prepared to deal with failure is to promise yourself that even if you do fail, you won’t give up. Remember, New Year’s resolutions don’t all have to be achieved in January. Do everything at your own pace.

5. Get support

Surround yourself with people who are behind you and believe in you. Sometimes when we say that we want to achieve something, not everyone believes us. It’s important to have others who will encourage you when you slip up and celebrate with you when you succeed! Better yet, why not partner up with a friend or family member and achieve your New Year’s resolutions together?

Whatever you decide to do, remember to make it fun and positive.

What New Year’s resolutions are you hoping to achieve chomas? Let me know in the comment section.