How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions
Every New Year’s Eve, whether you have had a couple of drinks or not you make one or more resolutions. At the time, you are completely sincere. You have every intention of keeping those resolutions. You even have an overwhelming sense of relief because you are going to sort out all your weaknesses in the New Year.
The reality is the vast majority of us do not keep our resolutions. By the time it is February, you are feeling guilty because all your good intentions have flown out the window. According to the professionals, there are a number of reasons why you keep failing.
They say it is because you think big. You imagine losing lots of weight, stopping smoking, giving up alcohol, controlling your temper, keeping a super neat home, becoming punctual and perfect etc. Or, you rely on one secret motivational tip and nothing else. This is unrealistic as a big success is dependent on many small steps. Or, you are unaware that change could be uncomfortable – even a good change.
You have to use a plan to keep you motivated and keep you winning
- Choose resolutions that are achievable by means of small steps. One big lifestyle change is probably going to fail.
- Choose three goals to concentrate on in order to achieve success.
- Do not take note of all and any information that comes your way – be selective to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed could cause you to give up.
- If you stay with small steps (i.e. changes) even if you slip up you will still have some benefits to get you back on track.
- You must say no to anything that will weaken your resolve. The chances are you will say yes a few times but this does not mean you have to give up. Next time, say no and carry on.
The biggest and most important tip to keeping a new year’s resolution is nothing in excess and no extremes. It is much easier to set modes goals over a time period until you have achieved success. Your first step could be as simple as displaying your top three goals on the fridge or on the bathroom mirror. These two well used places will remind you of your goals a number of times every day.
The professionals also say it is not necessary to beat yourself up every time you backslide. Changing your behavior or habits is hard. It is much more constructive to admit you have been weak, put it behind you and move back onto your path towards success. Don’t use the guilt you feel about backsliding as an excuse to opt out completely.