Despite all the social gatherings and functions you’ve cheerfully attended this season, there’s an activity you will be handling solo. This one is personal, and although it might involve some support from your entourage, ultimately you hold the power to generate the results. It’s time to select your New Year’s resolutions.
You might be wondering, “Why are the same intentions resurface year after year?” You must take the proper time to reflected upon your achievements and defeats before you pick your resolutions. You need to be brutally honest and realistic with yourself. Once aware of the areas in your life you wish to self-improve, it’s time to get to work.
People who put their goals on paper are significantly more likely to achieve them than those who make scattered mental notes. If you want to reach your goals, you need a plan, a process. Most resolutions actually require many behavior changes. Taking time to understand what needs to be changed in your routine is what will bring you closer to your objectives.
Small steps will get you results. This is a simple concept; when you accomplish any size changes, it’s much more encouraging to keep going. Maybe instead of “I will lose 10 pounds” you could aim to hit the gym three times this week or pack healthy lunches. Make one change at a time.
You can’t expect to fix everything at once. Progress, not perfection. Most resolutions involve a certain level of willpower, something we can compare to a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. You wouldn’t walk into the gym for the first time and attempt to bench press three times your weight. You would hurt yourself and be nowhere closer to your workout goal. Pushing too hard under conditions that are too challenging will weaken your determination.
Your mood counts – a lot. If you don’t think a high morale is directly correlated to your success rate, you are in denial of a potential advantage. Rewarding yourself and doing things that make you happy will truly help keep your willpower from dropping.
Don’t be drastic, your self-discipline can only face so many limits. Avoid the “all or nothing” mentality. Instead of saying “I will cut all sugar” try drafting looser restrictions like “I’ll have sweets only when I’m out for dinner.” Whatever seems reasonable given your lifestyle.
It’s important to remember that just because you have set some resolutions, does not mean you are a new person. You need to make adjustments which will help you transition into a new lifestyle leading to the success of your resolutions – this is the hardest part. The promise of self-improvement begins with honesty.
To new beginnings!