Ariana Kukors’ Love/Hate Relationship with New Year’s Resolutions

Well Being Monday, January 12, 2015 Written by

Ariana Kukors is an Olympic swimmer, world-record holder and Pacific Northwest native who is working with LifeWise to promote healthy living. Follow along on her journey to see what she does to live actively Northwest. 

I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. On one hand, as a self-proclaimed perfectionist, I love the idea of having a clean slate to work with at the beginning of each year. On the other hand, I hate how, after setting a resolution, you can feel like that’s the only fresh start you’re allowed for the entire year. I also hate setting resolutions so incredibly high each January that, by June, I can’t escape a feeling of failure.

So yeah, New Year’s resolutions can be tough. Yet through my swimming career, I have learned how to set goals for myself in a very manageable and fun (yes, I said FUN!) way.

Here are my top five things to remember when setting realistic goals (even beyond January):

1. Choose something you’re passionate about

Kind of obvious, but it’s true. We all have self-improvement goals floating around in our heads. Which ones have been in your head for a good, long time? Want to cycle more? Build up stamina for a 10k? Become a yogi? Whatever it is, if it’s something you’ve thought about for a while, it’s probably something you’ll stick with.

2. Focus on the positives

Cutting down on sweets is going to be a whole lot harder if you continue to focus on how hard it’s going to be. Instead, focus on how good your body is going to feel and how the self-discipline will help you conquer many more mountains.

3. Think outside the box

We all know the usual resolutions: Go on a diet, exercise more, etc. But there are plenty more areas in our lives that we can nurture and explore. One new change I’ve adopted this year is keeping a gratitude journal that I update nightly. Other ideas could be including affirmations in your daily routine, having more patience and meeting new people.

4. Bring buddies with you

I tell my best friend (and fellow Olympic swimmer) Rebecca Soni all my wishes, goals, hopes and dreams. It makes them real to share them with people. Plus, you’ll have someone to help hold you accountable — and be your cheerleader — along the way.

5. Put reminders up that inspire you

Have you ever heard of a vision board? Google it. I promise it will change your life  (it changed mine!). I keep my vision board constantly updated and also leave quotes around my house, phone, car, etc., to remind me the direction I want to take my life.

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Some of my goals for the year?

Reinvent myself as often as possible. Travel somewhere I’ve never been before. Master a one-minute handstand. And laugh like it’s going out of style.