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It’s the height of the “New Year, New Me” season once more!
New Year is a time for a brand new start — the ideal time to hit the first of the 365 pages, where many of us have our New Year’s resolutions set.
Many people use the start of the year as a motivation to commit to change. It’s a great opportunity to bid goodbye to negative behaviours and set up positive ones that will help build us as a person.
No doubt resolutions are easy to create. But this is also the part where the problem lies.
New Year’s resolutions are easier said than done.
Planning for the whole year round is easy. But for some people, sticking to their resolutions is hard, leaving them dumping their purpose and reverting to their old ways.
Within a couple of weeks after New Year, some people already have broken or abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions.
So why do New Year’s resolutions fail?
This is mainly because the goals that they set are unclear or unrealistic.
Lose weight fast…
Exercise for 2 hours every day…
Start eating healthy foods…
Stop smoking and drinking…
If you create your resolutions this way and you find it hard to stick to them, you need to be more detailed with each of these goals. Sometimes, an adjustment is necessary to keep going.
Here are the most helpful ways to make your New Year’s resolutions work.
Make an Actual Plan
The most important part of getting your goals done is when you start creating a plan. Without a set plan, it’ll be easy for you to give up when you face any problem. Put some time planning out on how you will handle important behavioural changes.
Writing things is the ideal way to push and motivate you towards your goals. Have your plans written out in big, possibly on your vision board, or somewhere where you can see them each morning. Doing this will encourage you to reach your goals.
Put a reminder on your purpose or make a list of things you need to do to accomplish that goal. Take note of any obstacles that may block your way.
Make Your Resolutions Doable
Take time looking at what’s working and what isn’t. At that point, pick the ones that you can reasonably make happen.
Set short and long-term goals and make sure you choose those that can be accomplished incrementally instead of something that requires radical change.
Keep your resolution list short. It’s better to have just 1-3 goals instead of a long list of 10+ goals. You may set one personal goal, one career goal and one family goal, then work from there.
Keep your resolutions with the end goal that you know how to accomplish. Little advances are required to take off on a life-changing trip.
Make sure that the resolutions you make are the ones that you need in your life. We all know how it feels to achieve something we aren’t really into, just because someone else wants us to.
Ensure you’re making changes for the right reasons — not just because you feel controlled by friends or social media. If it’s not something you actually want in your life, it won’t stick.
It helps to be honest with yourself about what you should and you shouldn’t do.
If you set your goals for yourself that seem unattainable, odds are, you are going to doubt yourself.
Avoid Resolution Burnout
If you try to achieve too much in a too short period, you’re aboard the train to Burnoutville. A couple of weeks after that, you’ll most likely lose your fiery motivation.
Start slowly. It may be better, to begin with, 1 hour a day, 3 times a week to initiate with, and then after following weeks, you should have built up enough stamina and motivation.
If you fall off the resolution wagon, don’t worry. Instead, revisit your initial list, improve and tweak each plan to make them more achievable and recommit your efforts to start again.
To be more accountable, sharing your goals with friends and family is a good way to keep motivated rather than trying to achieve a resolution by yourself.
Wrapping It All Up
Knowing exactly what you’d like to do and the challenges you might face, you’ll be readier to stick to your resolution and conquer possible struggles.
When you see the changes of something you accomplished, you’d be inspired to do more and achieve what you need.
New Year’s resolutions can be truly challenging to stick to. But the key to accomplishing them is that you should be particular, reasonable, and include a line of help.
And of course, reward yourself for each goal met. After all, you deserve a pat on the back.
Cheers to a healthy and positive year ahead!