When it comes to making New Years resolutions we all know how quickly vague goals such as save money, or be adventurous, or lose weight can be. Without a personalized plan to act as your road map to reach that goal, how can you possibly expect yourself to blindly reach it by December 31st? Let alone magically meet your yet-to-be-determined-expectations for what save money looks like? For example, does it mean not using your credit cards unnecessarily? Putting a certain amount from each paycheck into a savings account? Cutting back? More importantly, cutting back on what?
If you don’t have a plan, it’s highly unlikely you’ll reach your goals. One of the best ways to create a plan is to take a moment and reflect on your lifestyle and what is most realistic for you. Knowing whether you are an introvert or an extrovert can help you define your resolutions in a way that makes them achievable.
For example, making a resolution to be adventurous is a great goal. Getting outside your comfort zone is a good thing! But being adventurous doesn’t have to mean zip-lining over treetops and waterfalls in Costa Rica or backpacking through Europe with no game plan whatsoever. To an introvert, those activities sound like a nightmare. Traveling without an itinerary? Yikes. If you push yourself too far outside your comfort zone it can lead to stress and anxiety that will completely defeat the purpose of the activity.
Something I was thinking I’d do for myself this year in order to be more adventurous is to try a new restaurant every month in an area of my city that I have never been. I live in a huge metropolitan city and yet I tend to frequent the same spots all the time. I’d like to plan one or two weekends a month to go somewhere I’ve never been, try food that’s new to me, and maybe bring along a friend or two. Similarly, I go to California a lot but again, I tend to frequent the same towns and beaches every time. So I may extend that resolution to include venturing out to new spots in California that I’ve yet to explore. For me that is a way more realistic way of being adventurous.
You can find other tips to making resolutions as an introvert here. What are yours for 2017?