We all know that when we are approaching the New Year, we are full of excitement and we have New Year resolutions set in our mind. For some people, it may be losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money, have a better work life balance or even as simplest as mine – just showing up on time. So, we have these resolutions, and we are bloody enthusiastic towards getting there, but how many of us do not give up and actually achieve our New Year’s resolutions. Trust me, not many! I did some research on this and it appears that before the first month of the year has even come to an end, most people have given up on their annual commitment to themselves.
So, how you can make, keep and achieve your New Year’s resolutions.
- Be Specific – Your resolution should be absolutely clear. Making a concrete goal is really important rather than just vaguely saying ‘I want to lose weight.’ For example if you want to lose weight – be specific – decide how many kilos you want to lose and have a realistic plan in mind. Don’t go about it vague – you need to be specific to make it work and have some measurable goals. If you can’t measure it, you can’t track it and you probabaly can’t make it work.
- Be Simple & Realistic – Making impractical resolutions and having unrealistic expectations is a big drive in failed resolutions. Set attainable goals that you can reach so you can give yourself best shot at success. It’s more sensible to set “small, attainable goals throughout the year, rather than having unrealistic goals. For example, say you want to save X amount of dollars this year and you know that you have only saved $5,000 last year. Hence, this year, you have to set your goals to a realistic amount. Don’t say you want to save $50k when you know that it is impossible to achieve. Set yourself an attainable target like $10,000. Get your goals achieved, be happy and then slowly move on to the next level.
- Make It Obvious – Write your resolutions in a piece of paper or make a clear to-do list towards your goals and place it in a visible spot at your home or office. When you see your goals every day, it will work as a great daily reminder and motivation for you to work towards your goals. Even sharing your goals with your friends and family is another way to build responsibility around your resolutions.
- Believe in Yourself – Simply setting goals does not increase your chances of accomplishing them. Within weeks or months, many people begin abandoning their resolutions just because they hit some road blocks. In fact, one research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. So, trust yourself, trust your goals and trust your journey towards realising your goals. At the end, it’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey that gets you to the destination.
- Be Patient – Be patient with yourself. Good things come to those who wait. Some things just take time. You cannot change your habits or achieve your goals overnight. Don’t pressure yourself too much towards achieving your goals. Being healthy is important to work your way through successes. Celebrate your small accomplishments along the way. At least you know that you are working towards reaching your resolutions and it gives you the satisfaction of your progress.
There’s definitely hope, it’s just about how you set up resolutions. Start with small changes and continue to build on your habits by tackling one change at a time. Set yourself goals, reflect on your progress by measuring it and acknowledge that changes can be hard and it can take time. Most importantly, don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments along the way.
I wish you all the best for 2019 and may this year be filled with happiness, success and many new wonderful beginnings.
2019, we got this!