Do you find yourself re-writing that same list of New Year’s resolutions year after year? You get stuck trying to accomplish the same goals and break the same bad habits with little progress. If you’ve tried and failed and can’t figure out why, it’s time to look to the stars for answers.
Your zodiac sign reveals more than your personality traits, interestsand aspirations. It can offer deep insights into your personal challenges, flaws and toxic behaviors. If you’re ready to make real change in the new year, find out what your sign says about your bad habits and how you can overcome them:
ARIES (March 21 - April 19)
Headstrong Aries is passionate but has a reputation for being impulsive and confrontational. You thrive under stress or in competition, but your aggression might rub some people the wrong way.
How you can change: Get in touch with your nurturing side. Get a pet or plant to care for. Volunteer by helping others. This may help you become more sensitive, less reactive and better able to meet your goals without your fierier traits getting in the way.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
Taurus has a tendency to spend big, whether you can afford it or not. If you’re a shopaholic without the cash to back it up, chances are you’ve thought about changing your ways but it’s not easy when it’s a hard-wired trait.
How you can change: Since you love to spend money, consider investing in something. It’ll help you satisfy that spending itch while giving you something in return.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)
Unpredictable Gemini often lacks focus. You may be a procrastinator or simply forgetful. Either way, you find it difficult to get much accomplished and put important stuff off until the last minute.
How you can change: Try learning a time management method, like the Pomodoro Technique, which breaks work down into manageable intervals.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22)
Cancer is highly emotionally intelligent and easily feels other people’s moods. This can make you super sensitive in relationships, especially if you sense a change in your partner’s behavior towards you.
How you can change: Learn to speak your mind. Instead of assuming someone’s motives, try to be more honest and calmly confront them.
LEO (July 23 - August 22)
Leo is charming and knows how to command an audience. You love to be the life of the party but sometimes your desire to be the center of attention leaves others in the shadows.
How you can change: Use your powers for good. Wield that wit and humor to help put the spotlight on the accomplishments of a loved one or an important cause.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
Virgo tends to have a to negative inner dialogue. You’re passionate but never happy with anything you do and that makes you a self-deprecating perfectionist.
How you can change: Try to replace the negative comments in your head with something more positive. When you catch yourself saying you can do anything right, remind yourself of all the things you have and can accomplish.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
Libra is a people-pleaser. However, you seldom take action unless you’re being direct to do so. Your people skills can be a huge attribute in your career, if you’d take the initiative to put them to work.
How you can change: Don’t be so concerned pleasing everyone that you forget to do what makes you happy. Take charge with your skills and make them work for you instead of waiting to be told what to do. Consider exploring work in customer service or public relations.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpio has a bad habit of holding a grudge. When you’re angry, you stay angry, but all that negativity can be like poison. Eventually it’ll infect every part of your being.
How you can change: Don’t let anger fester. Find a calm way to confront the person your mad at. If that’s not an option, try channeling your frustration in a healthy way, like exercise or art, or treat yourself to self-care at the spa and replace those bad vibes with positive feelings.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)
Sagittarius is extremely hardworking but your work ethic can often distract you from everything else life has to offer.
How you can change: There’s no shame in working hard but try to make some time for yourself, the people you love and the things you enjoy doing. Since it’s so hard to tear yourself away from work, consider starting your own business and working for yourself.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)
Capricorn is a worrier. You’re a realist and often perceived as a pessimist. You blunt honesty can make others think you’re simply just negative.
How you can change: Welcome the coming year with positivity. Try to find a new habit that helps your body release endorphins, like exercising, dancing, yoga or meditation.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)
Aquarius has an indulgent side that leads to unhealthy habits. You may find you have an addictive personality with a tendency to overdo things like gaming, shopping, working, drinking, or other things.
How you can change: Take control of your habits and activities. Find ways to manage your time or budget so you can enjoy the things you like without them taking over your life.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces is a creative dreamer but you may find your head stuck in the clouds a little too often. Daydreaming often gets in the way of getting much done.
How you can change: Pay more attention to your actions. Start journaling and keep record of your day-to-day activities.
While the traits of your zodiac sign may speak to you, there’s always more to who you are than what the stars say. Our experiences, abilities and character shape us into unique individuals, so not all these traits will apply to you. If anything resonates, keep it in mind as you try to accomplish what you wish to do in the coming year. The stars do not dictate a fixed future, all they can do is point you to a certain direction so you can live a better 2019.