The hardest part is getting started

Celine Holguin, A&E writer

The beginning of a new year is almost always accompanied with a lengthy list of resolutions that we are oh-so determined to accomplish; yet, more than half end up being stuffed in the back of our brains only to be sheepishly remembered on New Years Eve.

Do not feel ashamed, we are all human and more often than not we fall back on our usual routines or get caught up with other things. So whether you have avoided getting started or don’t know where to start on your resolutions, here are some quick tips for you to achieve everything (or the majority) on your list.

Be realistic and specific. It is always good to have big dreams, but if you bite off more than you can chew, you may end up in the same state that you started in. If you have an ambitious goal, break it down into little and detailed steps. By doing so, your resolution will seem less overwhelming and much more achievable. You know yourself better than anyone; you need to motivate yourself and accomplish what you are trying to do. Anything is possible with the right tools and mindset.

Get to it! It is always said that we will start tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. Throw all the anxiety, or whatever it is that is detaining you, out the window and make the attempt. There is no harm in trying; however, you harm yourself if you never allow yourself to make the endeavor. The hardest part for trying something is to actually get started; once begun, it’s much easier and even enjoyable. If you are nervous or embarrassed, do not fret; there are many others who are in the same position as you. Take the chance and challenge yourself.

We are already a month into the year, if you haven’t started yet, now is the time to get it in gear. Sooner or later, New Years Eve will arrive once again: what will you have accomplished by the end of the year?