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How to Keep Your 2019 New Year’s Resolution With Cannabis

Happy 2019!

How’s your New Year’s resolution coming along? Are you totally crushing it?

Or are you feeling stuck, unmotivated, and ready to quit?

If it’s the latter, don’t get too discouraged because you’re definitely not alone. 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions give up by the second week of February.

But that doesn’t have to be you. The failure rate is so high because people don’t have a game plan to help them get from Point A to Point B to Point C and beyond.

So think of us as your cannabis life coach. We’re going to show you how to keep your 2019 New Year’s resolution…using cannabis!

1. Have a Smoke Sesh to Help You Decide What You Really Want

If you haven’t decided on a New Year’s resolution yet, set aside a block of time (30-40 minutes), and smoke a sativa or hybrid strain to help stimulate your creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Use this time to figure out what it is you really want to achieve this year.

Even if you’ve already decided on a resolution, you can still do the exercise because it’s about more than just deciding what you want to accomplish…

You can use this exercise to help you find your “why.”

You want to get in better shape? Why?

You want to make more money? Why?

You want to go on more dates this year? Why? 

Your “why” doesn’t have to be super complicated. For example, maybe you may want to get in better shape in order to improve your health, increase your energy, and boost your confidence.

Maybe you want to make more money so you can save for retirement and possibly go on a vacation.

Maybe you want to go on more dates this year because you’re ready to meet that special someone and eventually start a family.

Only you can decide what your “why” is, but it needs to be powerful enough to keep you engaged so that when things get tough, you’ll keep pressing on and persevere.

Set Smaller, Realistic Goals to Help You Achieve Your Big Goal

When people are using edibles for the first time, we always advise them to ”start low and go slow.”

The same philosophies applies to New Year’s resolutions.

Do you want to run a marathon this year but haven’t gone jogging…ever?

Start small! You can…

  • Set a goal of running 10-20 minutes a day, three days a week.
  • Explore books, videos, or online courses to help you develop a game plan to achieve your goal.
  • Talk to people that you know who’ve already achieved the goal you want to reach and ask them what steps they

That’s the key word here: steps. Achieve those smaller goals first, build up your confidence, and then work your way up to the bigger goals.

(For those of you looking to get into better shape, don’t forget that cannabis is useful both as a pre-workout supplement and post-workout recovery aid. Check out this post to learn more.)

3. Find an Accountability Partner

Let’s be honest: sticking with a new habit is hard, and you may be tempted more than once to throw in the towel.

So team up with a friend who’s also doing a New Year’s resolution so that you can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.

The truth is we’re more likely to succeed at reaching our goals when we feel a sense of accountability towards others.

In fact, the American Society of Training and Development discovered that people are 65% likely to achieve their goals when they share them with another person. And they’re 95% likely to succeed when they meet regularly with another person to share status updates.

So don’t just tell yourself that you’re going to achieve this resolution. Tell someone else. Make it a team effort! You can meet with your partner once a week, smoke a little cannabis, go over your progress, and brainstorm new strategies for success.

Our Final Piece of Advice

Don’t give up! Every day that you actively work towards your goal is a success! So stick with it, and eventually, you’ll get where you want to be!

Good luck, and Happy New Year!

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