Everyone, at one point in time, has made a list of things they’d like to do or change every year. Some people achieve them, some fail at them.
Like any other goal we have, it is important to plan for them and do our best to keep them. A New Year’s resolution list, no matter how clichéd, can actually help us better ourselves and inspire the coming year.
Here are 10 tips to help you achieve them:
1. Set realistic goals.
Make your goals attainable. Some people make a list of impossible goals to impress others which only makes them more frustrated when they fail to meet them. Resolving to stop a habit completely without any support or losing a lot of weight without any professional advice is not only challenging but would be impossible if you only do it on your own.
Also, there is no need to make a long list, just a couple on the list that you know you can achieve and will help inspire you to be better would actually be enough.
2. Plan which goals you want to really achieve.
Carefully analyze and plan well when making your New Year’s resolution list. Don’t make it on the last minute, say New Year’s Eve, because this will be based on your frame of mind only for that particular day. Think of the past couple of years and consider the things you’ve been putting off, that you know will you help build your character if you can accomplish.
3. Create an action plan.
In addition to creating a New Year’s resolution list, create a plan on how you will follow them. Also, make a decision on how you will manage if you will be tempted to break your resolution. This will help you achieve your goals easier.
4. Write the “pros” and “cons” of your New Year’s resolution list.
It may help to see a journal to keep your motivation intense. Refer to your “pros” and “cons” list when you need help keeping your resolution and to remind yourself why you need to follow it.
5. Get support.
It is best to tell your family members and friends about your resolution so that they can support you to change yourself for the better. In this way you can get motivation when you feel like quitting. It will also help if you can find someone who has achieved the same goal so you can be inspired.
6. Reward yourself with your small successes.
Rejoice on your success by treating yourself to something you take pleasure in but does not disagree with your resolution. An example is rewarding yourself with that expensive dress that was ill-fitting when you were still overweight or watching a movie with a friend when you were able to follow that really strict reducing diet.
7. Track your progress.
Take note of your success. Focus on losing the first five pounds instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, and make sure you note it. Keep a food record to help you stick to your resolution. If you feel that your actions have failed, try to revise your action plan. Short-term objectives are easier to keep, and each small success will motivate you.
8. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Preoccupying yourself with your occasional omissions will not help you attain your goal. You have to take it one day at a time. Try not to compare yourself with others so you can appreciate how you are progressing.
9. Make a habit out of it.
Just be patient and persevere. Try to make your goals a habit. According to the experts, it takes about 21 days for a new pursuit to become a routine and 6 months for it to be embodied into your personality. It would be difficult to quit a bad habit that quick, but it’s sure is possible to develop a new good habit.
10. Never quit!
Don’t be discouraged. Just keep on trying even if you’ve think you’ve failed. Re-commit yourself to achieving your goal, and start over so you can get back on track again. Remember, you only fail when you quit. You’ve got an entire year to try and try!