Here we are, after twelve long months of 2017. It’s that time again when we prepare to become a better version of ourselves. You know the drill with the pen and paper every December: write down your New Year’s resolutions. But the question remains the same… how can we stick to our annual goals and keep our promises? Here are easy tips on how we can resolve this recurring problem:
Review the past year
First and foremost, go back to your previous resolutions. Have you accomplished everything you set before? Check the list and find out if there are unaccomplished items that you can carry over to the next year. Be honest, though. It is a challenge to face the past and you’ll be surprised at how much you have truly achieved.
Realistically speaking, list the things that you can do
After the assessment of the recent past, learn from your experiences and add promises that you are sure to keep. Make your New Year’s resolutions as realistic and objective as possible. This will avoid having unaccomplished tasks that you will only carry over every year. Also, do not overdo your list. Do you really need 20 resolutions? Will you be able to achieve all 20 in 12 months? Include only the things that will be beneficial for you in the long run.
Reflect on your feelings
For every item on your list, double check on how you feel about them. How do you feel when you think about going to the gym or starting a strict diet? If it makes you unhappy or overly anxious, remove it from the list right away. These feelings serve as an automatic red flag for the goals that will bring you value and for the ones you are not ready to commit to yet. When you set your New Year resolutions, always consider your genuine happiness.
Reconsider your actions
There must be an action plan for every resolution on your list. Decide what sort of things you are willing to do in order to accomplish a particular task. Let’s take, for example, the resolution of going to the gym more often. How will you make it happen? How will you do it? How many hours of your day will you spend on it? How many days per week are strictly intended for gym sessions? Will buffet dinners be forgotten altogether? Plan accordingly and you will be able to achieve all.
Remind yourself constantly
More often than not, we tend to forget our resolutions after a week or two into the New Year. A good way to keep ourselves reminded is to create a resolution board that you can see on a daily basis. Put this board somewhere visible, like a bedroom wall, a mirror, a door, or even as wallpaper on your laptops and phones. This way, you can see the things that you need to do and stick to it. Another way to stick to your New Year goals is to be with people who share same resolutions. Sharing common goals can make you want to do more.
Remain firm and focused
After being constantly reminded, it is important to focus on the goals. Twelve months is a very long time and there will be temptations along the way. You might get sidetracked and lose your path to making your resolution a daily habit. Remind yourself that a promise is a promise. Be firm in your plans and focus on one goal at the time.
One of the most notorious obstacles in accomplishing resolutions is laziness. Some New Year’s resolutions take time to get done. Never attempt to give up. Your lazy bones will ruin your chances of finally fulfilling your annual goals. Be patient and wait for the results.
Remember your purpose
Whenever you are on the verge of giving up or feeling lazy, go back to your ultimate purpose. Why did you list down that particular resolution in the first place? What is it that you want to achieve by doing those things? If your resolution is to go to the gym, then your purpose could be losing weight or gaining muscles. Once you remember what you came for, it makes it easier to stick to it.
Reward yourself for every accomplishment
As an added encouragement and to boost your willingness to finish the task, include a reward for every resolution you are able to accomplish. A resolution is a challenge in itself. It makes it all worthwhile if, at the end, you get something you truly deserve. Plus, it will make you feel good because you’re showing some self-love.
Record your progress
Make a checklist of your New Year’s resolutions. Record your progress by ticking every item accomplished and put stars on every task and reward you get. Make it as simple or as bold as you want. By having a visually enticing representation of your success, you will be more motivated to tackle the remaining resolutions. With this, you are sure to improve year by year as you get older and wiser.
Were you able to come up with achievable resolutions? Great! Let’s start the New Year right and begin checking items off the list!
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