Challenge Yourself! Tips For Your Year Of Reading Resolutions

New Year Resolutions
Tips for your reading resolutions. Try to challenge yourself, while keeping it realistic!

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time for all of us to sit down and create a list of things we hope to change about ourselves or our lives over the coming year.

It’s Resolution Season!

“I want to become super rich”, “I want to easily lose 100+ pounds of weight” or “I want to be the nicest person to every single person I meet”. 

Do any of these sound familiar? I don’t know about you, but these types of resolutions sure sound familiar to me!

Realistically, we can’t expect things to change overnight. Real change can take a long time! Six months, one year, five years… Depending on the type of change, it can take an unspecified amount of time.

Too often, I’ve found myself realizing my resolutions are impossible for me to complete. Because of this, my internal battle for change was over before it even began. It felt like a never ending up-hill battle.

Change is a Journey! It's an uphill battle
The road to change can be a difficult journey! Yet, while it IS an uphill battle, you CAN still conquer anything you put your mind too.

But, fear not… All hope for successful resolutions is not lost!

We CAN create resolutions which we will ACTUALLY follow. While this post isn’t supposed to be a step-by-step guide about setting realistic resolutions, I think it’s important to briefly cover a few of my favorite tips!

  1. Challenge yourself, but make sure you keep your goals realistic!
    • I think it’s incredibly important to always be challenging ourselves. Too often, we can find ourselves in ruts or in moments in time where everything in our lives just starts to blend together. Challenge proves to be an excellent catalyst for reshaping ourselves and our outlooks! Just make sure you give yourself a realistic shot at completing your challenge.
  2. Look at all areas of your life, in order to determine where you want to see changes.
    • There are so many different parts of our lives, it’s almost overwhelming to choose one specific thing that we want to improve on. Resolutions can be made around the foods we want to consume or the amount of fitness we will force ourselves into. Or, they can be around furthering our educations or (at least in a normal/non-pandemic year), the places we want to travel to. Or even, they can be around the act of improving a personality trait we no longer wish to have.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to set your resolutions up for success, take a look at either of these two guides: Medium Guide or NY Times Guide

My Reading Resolutions

Wall of Books
(Not only will this post help provide inspiration for your own Literature based goals, but it will also serve as a way to ensure personal accountability towards my goals!)

In terms of literature, there are quite a few ways you can go about setting up your goals for the year. Personally, I’m of the opinion people learn best through examples, so I made sure to include my literature-based resolutions to hopefully help inspire you.

  1. Read Everyday
    • This is a nice and easy resolution to kick off the list. I didn’t want to constrain myself with any “mandatory” amount of reading per day. Just the act of challenging myself to read everyday is enough for me!
  2. Write at least Three Times per week
    • This blog will be a handy tool for me to complete this resolution, though I hope to create some independent stories as well.
  3. Read at least Ten New Authors (whom I haven’t read anything prior).
    • With this resolution, I’m hoping to push myself out of my “reading comfort zone”. Staying true to the Exploring Lit motto, life long learning includes exploring the different views, time periods and styles of vastly different writers. I’m really looking forward to this one, because there are so many incredibly interesting and unique authors out there!
  4. Finish a book Every Week
    • This is definitely a resolution teetering towards the impossible side. Personally, it’s a goal that I don’t fully expect to hit, but it’s a goal where I will be happy with my efforts, no matter the results! Especially when we take into account the drastic differences in the lengths of some books! I mean, I honestly can’t expect myself to read books like Don Quixote or The Brothers Karamazov in a week. (Both over 850 pages long!)

There are plenty of other potential resolution ideas!

Don’t worry if none of my resolutions sparked any interests or ideas. We all have our unique ways of doing things and exploring the world around us.

Find what interests and motivates you!

Let me know what you think!

There you have it! There are some ideas for literature-based resolutions for 2021! I hope I gave you some guidance on how you can frame your own goals. 

What types of goals have you set for yourself this year? While 2020 was an extremely rough year for many of us, I believe that we have the power to improve ourselves and our mental states over this coming year! 

Leave a comment down below if you have any thoughts.


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