Seven steps to making a New Year resolution and sticking to it.
Around the 1st of January many people around the world make grand plans for the year ahead. A common step to making sure the year kick
starts on a good note is by
setting New Year’s resolutions.
A New Year’s
resolution is a commitment that a person makes to change his life style to the
better or to quita bad habit in the New Year. However, many of the promises
made by people are rarely completed.
Here are seven
steps to making a New Year resolution and sticking to it.
1. Focus Clearly On One Or Two
that at this time of year when self-improvement is on your mind, you might want
to change so many things but experience shows these things cannot all be
achieved at once. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess
everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time. So,
the best approach is to focus clearly on one or two of your most important
goals and actively work towards it.
Look back at your previous experience with
resolutions. What led to failure? Aiming too high and ignoring reality might
have led to unachievable goals (at the time). It may be that you resolved to
lose too much weight or save an unrealistic amount of money (based on your periodic capabilities). To make progress
this year, set clear short-term goals on your way to a big achievement. It is a
lot easier that way.
Set A Time Frame
In fact, the time-frame bit is vital for motivation. It is
your barometer for success, the way you assess your short-term progress towards
the ultimate long-term goal. Buy a calendar or diary so you can plan your
actions for the coming weeks or months, and decide when and how often to evaluate.
4. Create A Plan For Dealing With Setbacks
Do bear in mind that a slip-up is almost inevitable at some point,
and you must not let this become an excuse to give up. Once you’ve identified the times that will probably be hard
work out ways to cope with them when they inevitably crop up. Before
you set out after success, think about the potential barriers that might get in
the way as it is possible to get lazy, tired or even forget.
5. Put It Into Writing
People who write down their goals and resolutions
are more likely to achieve them than people who don’t. Writing it down could
help you stay committed and commitment is the difference between a successful accomplishment
vs. another resolution that fell apart before Valentine’s Day. Be clear and
firm in your commitment, and do not waver.
6. Have A Support System
Because there are times
whereby you might lose motivation, your support network becomes crucial.
Carefully choose those people around you who have shown themselves to be
trustworthy, supportive friends and explain your plans. Let them know of ways
they can help when the going gets tough. Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens
your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution.
7. Reward Yourself
Rewards are great encouragement to keep
you going during the hardest first days. Let it become something that you’ll
look forward to. You deserve it and you’ll have earned it.
Now you’ve read these tips, whatever
your plans and goals are for 2018, these tips should help you go for it.