“A failure to take precise and deliberate action is the reason why so many New Year’s resolutions and other goals fail.”
Want to lose weight? Stop smoking? Become more productive? Start a new business?
We all get charged up on New Year after reading “New Year, New Me!” quotes, we make new resolutions, set goals for ourselves. But does that enthusiasm last the whole year? Do we actually follow the resolutions that we make on the first day of the year?
It can be quite challenging to fulfill your New Year Resolutions, the trouble doubles when the list is as long as the holiday shopping list! The post-holiday flump, pending resolutions by February, March, or even next year January can build up anxiety and stress. The burden of last year’s resolutions makes the condition even worse. The gloominess of winters knows no bounds when the reminders of failed resolution pop-up in the middle of cleaning the holiday mess.
So, which spell will make your new year resolutions a success? How will you gather the willpower to fulfill the stack of resolutions pending over the years? Well, it is not as hard as it may seem.
We have devised a fool-proof step by step method that will help you to succeed this year.
Let’s open up the door to your success!
1. Start with small resolutions!
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. And great things are not accidental, but must certainly be willed.”-Vincent van Gogh
You are planning to spend less, get promoted, work out more. All the resolutions will bring a significant change in your life. And implementing them is not gonna be a piece of cake! So, take baby steps, start with minimal changes, it’s better to take small steps and progress slowly than not progressing at all! First things first, look at the level of commitment and plan accordingly. Are you gonna give up your comfort zone easily in a day? No, that’s very unlikely, so take minuscule steps but move forward!
2. One change at a time!
“It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don’t.” – Stephen Kellogg
Your habits did not develop in a day, so how do you expect them to break in just one jolt. If you want to keep off a bad habit or change it then you need to give yourself some time. You need a replacement for your previous patterns, so start by thinking of the first thing you should work on. Don’t push yourself too hard, one change at a time is how you will dwell on new habits.
3. Your goals need to be realistic.
Let’s face it-Aiming too high and setting larger than life goals are never met. If you want to lose 20 kilos and aim at losing 10 kilos each month that’s not gonna fulfill. That is quite unrealistic! Set goals that you are sure to follow. It will minimize the chances of failure.
4. Put your goals on paper.
Writing down your goals gives a sense of accountability and increases the chances of accomplishing them. Add your goals on a note on your phone, or stick them on a refrigerator, stick in on a mirror, anything that works for you!
5. Learn from past mistakes.
“The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.”
Have you ever wondered why your resolutions have been failing? Where are you slacking? If not, then it is time to dust off previous records and learn from your previous patterns. Try to look out for loopholes in your process. You will figure it out.
6. Make a Buzz!
You are more likely to stick to your resolution if you announce them. Tell your friends and family about it and then it will be hard for you to back out.
7. Cut down yourself some slack!
You cannot be perfect in just one day. Give yourself some time and it is completely normal to back off for a while. It will give you the strength to continue it with new zest. So, it is okay to have some lapses.
8. You deserve to celebrate!
You are running a long marathon and it is important to set small stop checks for yourself. Reward yourself after every small victory. Encourage yourself, that’s how you will be motivated throughout the journey.
9. Giving up is not an option!
You are going to get tired at some point but you have to remember why this struggle started in the first place. Whenever you feel like giving up, start afresh, don’t stop and that’s how you will reach your goal.
I hope you will use these tips to improve your life this year. Give it a try, believe yourself that you can do it, change is just an attempt away!