Happy 2019! We hope you had a great New Year’s Eve. Here at Eargo, we started the night with a lovely and tasteful New Year’s Eve party…and somehow woke up this morning with a large tattoo of Dwight D. Eisenhower riding a velociraptor on our back and a goat in an argyle sweater hat sleeping at the foot of our bed. If anyone knows what happened last night, let us know. Or maybe don’t. We’re not sure we want to know…
Time for New Year’s Resolutions
But today is a new day, and the start of a brand new year, which means it’s time to make some resolutions. If you’re anything like us, you might find it a little tricky to keep those resolutions. After all, losing fifteen pounds sounds great until you remember cake sounds better.
That’s why this year, we brainstormed some tips and tricks to keep us honest, and we thought we’d share them with you. So whether you’re trying to learn piano or finally taking the first steps to deal with your hearing loss, we hope these tips will come in handy…
- Dare to dream: Setting big goals might seem daunting, but it’s actually a great idea. If you tell yourself you’re going to run every day with no end goal in sight, you’ll probably burn out after a couple of weeks. But if you decide to run the Boston Marathon, you’ll have a big reason to rack up those miles each week. What we’re saying is…when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, size matters.
- Spread the word: Once you’ve decided on your goal, don’t keep it to yourself. Grab a bullhorn and yell it at anyone who’ll listen: your siblings, your cat, the guy next to you on a plane, the Southwest flight attendant who really needs you to put your bullhorn away, because you’re disturbing the other passengers.
All kidding aside, letting people in on your big goal means you have an automatic cheering section, and means you’re less likely to bail on your goal. Trust us, nothing holds you to a promise more than the thought of letting down an entire plane full of strangers. And who knows? There might be some brave soul in your cheering section willing to lace up their running shoes for a morning jog. The more people you tell, the better your chance of getting help along your journey.
- What’s stopped you in the past?: You’ll be more likely to stick to your resolution if you figure out what’s been holding you back for so many years. So…why now? And let’s move away from the Boston Marathon, because even talking about it is exhausting and making us want to hibernate for a year.
Let’s say your big goal is to finally tackle your hearing loss. So…what’s stopping you? Maybe you’re worried that copping to it will make people view you differently. Maybe you think it’ll interfere with your quality of life. Or maybe it just seems like a big hassle. Once you’ve identified the reasons that have been stopping you, you can arm yourself with information and tackle them head-on. Because guess what? All of those reasons are no match for Eargo hearing devices. They’re invisible, so no one will judge you, they’re super comfortable, so your quality of life won’t change a bit, and they come with the best support team on the planet, so the entire process is effortless. See? Once you’ve laid the fears to rest, it’s easier to take the plunge and make a change.
- Treat yourself: You don’t have to wait until you’ve crossed the finish line to acknowledge your accomplishments. Recognize that all steps are important and treat them as such. So even if you only made it to the 3-mile mark of the Boston Marathon before you started weakly sobbing in the fetal position and the kind volunteer had to awkwardly rub your back, be proud! You did 3-miles, and that’s something. At least, that’s what the kind volunteer told us. …Running is hard.
And when it comes to your hearing…did you finally pick up the phone to talk to someone about your hearing loss? That’s huge. Buy yourself some ice cream. Did you order Eargo’s sample kit to feel the Eargo difference for yourself? Even huger. Buy yourself a bigger ice cream. Did you discuss your hearing loss with one of Eargo’s Personal Hearing Guides at 1-800-734-7603 ? That’s the hugest. Buy yourself an entire Baskin Robbins.
Point is, it takes small steps to reach a big goal, and continual encouragement will make getting there easier.
- Don’t be afraid of failure: Sure, the best possible outcome is to achieve your goal, but that doesn’t always happen. If you fall short, don’t be discouraged. Take time to recognize how much you’ve accomplished, then figure out what went wrong and learn from it. Maybe your goal was a little too ambitious. That’s okay! Instead of the Boston Marathon, consider something smaller…maybe a local 5K? And if treating your hearing loss is your goal, good news: it’s impossible to fail. You can literally tackle that goal tomorrow. Just head over to https://shop.eargo.com/ and change your life in a few clicks. And…we’re not going to lie: it’s pretty fun to tell people you’ve checked off one of your resolutions on the first day of the year.
So there you have it…five steps to keeping your New Year’s resolutions. And whether you want to run the Boston Marathon (and if you do, keep an eye out for a very kind Bostonian who will carry you to the medical tent while you weep into his shirt), or whether you want to finally deal with your hearing loss, just remember: you have the power to do anything you put your mind to.
And also remember: treating your hearing loss with Eargo is easy, and won’t get you featured in a Buzzfeed article called “25 People Who Never Should’ve Attempted a Marathon.”