Tips to Keep your New Year Resolutions in 2017
- December 20, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Life hacks
The start of a new year is a perfect time to turn the page, think about how to improve our lives, start new projects or change certain habits. The New Year is seen as a new beginning and a great opportunity to change what we do not like and improve what seems more interesting, and help us grow psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. The only problem is that New Year’s resolutions are much easier to make than to maintain. By late January, many have abandoned their commitments to the New Year’s resolution made by the end of the last year. To avoid this, it is advisable to follow the following tips:
- Choose a realistic and specific goal
Choosing an attainable goal provides the opportunity to plan exactly how the goal will be achieved throughout the year. For example, if you want to lose weight, you have to consider how many kilos you want to lose realistically in a logical time and propose how you are going to get it (diet, daily exercise, etc.).
- Focus on a single goal at a time
Trying to commit to various goals means you are not concentrating all energies on one. By covering too much, you end up neglecting all goals eventually. After all, any time is good to propose something, it does not have to be just during New Year.
- Do not wait right till New Year’s Eve
Planning is an essential part of achieving any goal. Experts suggest that you have to spend some time planning how you are going to cope with a major behavioral change. Therefore, to begin with, it is important to make a list of things that can be done to reach the objective and to take into account the obstacles that can be on your way. Otherwise, you run the risk of falling into temptation or fainting at the first adversity or, simply, not knowing where to begin.
- Start Little by Little
Making a change needs time, especially if it is a radical change. Going slowly will help achieve the goal, since it will be easier to incorporate small habits than to make a total substantial change at once.
- Avoid repetition of past mistakes
Trying the same thing over and over again without results means that self-confidence falters. That is why it is important to evaluate what and why you failed the previous times or to make a different approach to the resolutions for the New Year.
- Remember that change is a process
Those habits that you desire to change have long been part of you. Some have taken years to develop. Changing those habits will take time, so you need to be focused so you do not give up.
- Do not be defeated by a small slip
Many people end up abandoning their goal when they suffer a small slip. But if instead of surrendering and seeing it as a failure, you consider it a small setback, it is easier to get reinforced and return to take the path charted earlier. A relapse becomes a learning opportunity.
- Be accountable and get supports
Having solid support from friends and family works like magic. That is why it is so important to tell others the plans and ask them for help to get it. Maybe even someone else is encouraged and can serve as a common challenge. Be accountable to others. It will hasten your progress in achieving your goals. It will also discourage you from giving up.
- Renew motivation
At first, it is easy to stay motivated, especially if you can already see the first results. But little by little temptation or laziness will begin to appear, and it will cease to be so simple. This is why it is important to self-motivate yourself every day, to look for sources of inspiration, to follow up, to talk with someone about the achievements and, above all, to write down the reflections and ideas that motivate that change so that you can read them when your spirit falters.
Above all, do not be a joker! Do not wait for the New Year to make resolutions: every day is good for good decisions.