Most people write a long list of New Year’s resolutions but find sticking to them throughout the year challenging. While we all try to commit to the whole list as the year goes on, our enthusiasm declines with every passing day. Eventually, we end up fulfilling fewer goals, breaking commitments and incorporating only a limited number of good habits into our lives from those we first aimed at.
As the long awaited New Year’s eve is already behind us, and the days of the new year – which we welcomed with our arms wide open – are running so quickly, it’s enough to look at the list of resolutions that each of us has put together to get a grasp of our big hopes for a healthier, more successful and prosperous new year for ourselves and our beloved ones.
I want to have a healthier lifestyle, become more fluent in the foreign language I’m learning, practice my favourite sport more often, discover five new destinations and win a lottery! Others want to lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, find their soulmate, start a family, change their career, be positive or read a couple of new books each month of the year.
No matter how big or small our aspirations are, keeping them throughout the year has never been a piece of cake. While it is true that we should try to make our resolutions reasonable, measurable and achievable, here are five tips that helped me stay motivated during last years.
I’d like to share with you 5 things that I did to keep New Year’s resolutions. Hoping that this year will be an exceptional one for everyone!
Five Tips To Keep New Year’s Resolutions:
- Plan it: Everything in life becomes much easier when preceded with good planning, including New Year’s resolutions. After noting your resolutions down on paper, give it a good thought of how are you going to transfer them from wishes into plans. Decide what tools are required, how much time do you need to dedicate for this and when. When having a clear plan, sticking to your goals becomes easier.
- Commit yourself in public: When you commit yourself to change or improve something in public and not only writing it down on paper, it will be less likely that you will give up your commitment easily. Stating it clearly in front of people will make you credible in front of them. Plus, you will be asked quite often about your progress, to which you wouldn’t want to say that you just gave up without trying hard enough.
- Take one step forward everyday: Same as the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, making your biggest dreams a reality starts with small steps made in the right direction. Don’t be overwhelmed and try to do everything at one shot, instead divide it into smaller tasks and you will most likely stay committed to your New Year’s resolutions and get gradually closer to achieving them.
- Make it a habit: It has been proved that if you repeat doing something for 21 days, it will become a habit. Once it’s a habit, it becomes part of you and your life. Whether it’s about morning workouts, practicing a foreign language, staying positive or simply smiling at people whom you meet, try to do it for three weeks and it will stay with you for your lifetime.
- Revise: Review and revise your plan when necessary, and see your progress towards achieving your New Year’s resolutions. Incorporate new strategies and amend your plan as needed during the 365-days journey, to make sure you get where you first planned to be at the beginning of the year.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for this year and how do you keep them throughout the year?