The start of the new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. People often use this month as an opportunity to leave behind bad habits and create new, healthy lifestyle routines. Whether you want to transform physically, psychologically, emotionally, socially, or financially, you may have written a long list of new year’s resolutions which you plan on sticking to throughout the year.
Of course, resolutions are much easier to make than to keep. After 2 or 3 months, many of us have abandoned our good intentions and fell back into our old ways.
Why you should make a new year’s resolution
Making a resolution shows your desire to make a positive lifestyle change. By setting goals, you are already one step closer to becoming a better version of yourself and who you strive to be. Setting resolutions is also a great way to become more self-aware as you can reflect on what’s important to you, clear your mind, and focus on who you want to become.
How to stick to your new year’s resolution
- Be specific when choosing your goal
Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions to “lose weight”, “become fit” or “get into shape”. Rather than choosing a very broad goal, try to focus on something more
specific to you. This should also be something that you can realistically achieve.
For example, if you are physically unfit and easily lose breath, you may want to set a goal to “run 10k” by the end of the summer. If you lack a nutritious diet, you may want to “eat seven fruits and vegetables every day”. This will make your resolution much easier to maintain.
- Minimize your resolutions
While you may be tempted to create a long list of resolutions, it’s recommended that you
should focus your efforts on one or two important goals. Even achieving a little goal might
increase your self-esteem and motivation for future endeavours. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), focusing on just one target at a time increases the likelihood of long-term success.
- Plan your goals
Creating a detailed plan can really help you stay on track. It allows you to create a strategy to use when you’re faced with challenges or difficulties throughout the year. Perhaps maybe your resolution itself might relate to organization. If that is the case, you may want to consider buying a new planner or diary. This will help you to map out a strategic plan for the year ahead. We recommend using this Daily Planner to help you get organized throughout the year ahead.
- Learn from your mistakes
I think that we have all failed to stay on track at some stage in our lives. The important thing is that we pick ourselves up, learn from our mistakes and try again! If you decide to pursue the same ambitions you’ve attempted in the past, take some time to assess your previous results. Which techniques proved to be the most successful? Which ones were the least successful? What has kept you from sticking to your resolution in previous years? Consider making a minor adjustment to your resolution to make it more achievable. You’ll be more likely to accomplish real results this year if you modify your perspective, approach, and strategy.
- Integrate a gratitude practice
If you don’t regularly express gratitude, it’s likely that in a few months, you’ll feel disappointed about all the things that you haven’t yet achieved. Practicing gratitude daily or at least weekly, enables you to see past the obstacles, feel inspired for the future, and take pride in the things you have been able to accomplish so far. As a firm believer in gratitude, To help you with this journal, The Awaken Gratitude Journal will encourage you to train your brain to spot the good experiences that can positively impact your outlook on life.
- Trust the process
Big changes don’t happen overnight. Unfortunately, there’s no magical way to transform one reality into another. Change happens little by little. Day by day. Be patient and understand that working on a resolution is a process. It may take some time to reach your goal, but keep in mind that this is not a race.
Although setting goals may seem easy, sticking by them is usually a lot more difficult. You
may feel lost and unable to challenge yourself. The important thing to remember is that you are only trying to be a better version of the person you were yesterday.
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