As the year is coming to an end and another just about to begin, there is no better way to start the decade by thinking through how we want to start and spend the next year. While more than 93% of people set new year resolutions, 45% fail to keep the resolutions by February and only 8% of us are successful in achieving them.
Instead of setting resolutions that we can't realistically keep and instead makes us feel worse about ourselves, we at Beauty Undercover would like to suggest making the 5 resolutions below. These aren't just 5 resolutions we think you absolutely keep, these are the 5 we hope will make a positive impact on your life in the upcoming decade.
Ask anyone about their new year resolution and it's likely to got to do with their health, relationship and career.
What most people may not realize is that real change comes from a change in habits, or what you do every single day. For example, if you want to lose weight, you probably have to give up eating your favourite foods or even meals with people you may care about.
Real change comes from examining your own life and what you are doing every single minute to see if it fulfills your overall goals, values, purpose. You don't have to make a gigantic step in one day but you do have to make self-awareness a goal to make even any progress possible.
It's harder to measure self-awareness but if you write in a journal, you should be able to track how far you've come in understanding who you are and what you love.
A lot of us give our time to others, to make a difference in others' lives and make their dreams come true. But what about our own?
Have you given yourself enough attention and care to yourself, the way you give attention to others?
This year, think of yourself in third person. How would you shower love upon yourself if you are someone who needed help?
As we mention, it's all about understanding yourself. What are your five languages of love?
If you enjoy words of affirmation, give yourself a daily pep talk to encourage yourself along the way. If you enjoy some time alone, go on a solo holiday to enjoy yourself. Or if you enjoy physical touch or acts of service, consider scheduling a monthly facial. It doesn't just makes you feel good via physical touch, you actually see an improvement in your facial complexion and makes you feel more confident after. That's what happened to Agent G in 2019 after scheduling in a monthly facial at The Bund Beauty for an entire year. It's the first time she stuck to the routine and she's glad she did so.
Beyond the lasting improvement in her skin, the monthly facial appointments force her to take time off work as her mind relaxes during the facial. This not only boosts her overall well-being as she thinks through happenings in the day and how she can be more effective at work and at home in the 2-3 hours!
All of us have things we are insecure about, things we want to hide.
It could be your height, your hairline, your income, your teeth, your complexion. Regardless of your insecurity is, learn to accept it.
Most people pretend like it never exists in public and hide it whenever they can. By pretending it doesn't exist, most of the time we actually draw more attention to them and are unable to take steps to confront it.
Agent HG is a good example, She previously had to wear a mask whenever she got out of the house. It was only after she faced her insecurities, believed that she could change and dragged herself to Apple Queen Beauty before she actually recovered from acne and dared to leave her house, as herself.
Our advice therefore is to choose just ONE insecurity to work on in 2020. Give yourself a chance to change and transform with regards to that insecurity and you may just see the positive effects reverbating the rest of your life in the next decade.
If you stop and ask anyone on the street about who they want to be in 5, 10, 20 years time, most will be hard-pressed to give you an answer. Truth is, no one really knows the answer to that question and even when you think you do, the answer will change surprisingly often.
But it's okay! This is a question worth pondering over because it can determine the course of your life in 2020 and beyond.
Just because we ask you to think about it doesn't mean that you've got to stress yourself to be really specific. Oh I want to be a millionnaire in 3 years time, selling wanton mee online.
It's okay just saying, I want to love myself more. I want to be healthier. I want to live life more colourfully.
Most importantly, we think it's about being open. When a friend invites you over for games night, show up.
When there's a chance to try out acro-yoga with a loved one, say yes and make time.
Before you actually say no, you like something, make sure you try it first so you know more about yourself, your likes and dislikes, rather than letting your overactive imagination deprive you of true understanding.
You'll never get that promotion if you don't ask for it.
You'll never start your own business if you're too scared to quit your job.
You'll never look like that girl on IG if you're too paiseh to take that selfie.
Once you understand yourself better, you'll start to see what are the fears holding you back. You don't have to confront all of them right now or even eliminate them altogether. All we ask of you is to take one small step to start facing that fear.