2019 is in front of us, and we are probably ready with our New Year resolutions in our hand. New Year means new you, better you, and the path to achieve the best version of you.
However, before we welcome 2019, let’s sit back and remember. Get the list of 2018 resolutions and check it. How many of them have you ticked off or crossed out? How many of them have you accomplished? Did you make enough effort to accomplish your 2018 resolutions?
It’s that only a few of our New Year resolutions that were successfully accomplished. According to research only 44 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions are still hanging in there six months later. New challenges that coming in our way sometimes do not allow us to realize our resolution, or maybe we simply forget that we have that resolution. If this always happens from year to year, how do you say that New Year is the time for new you? New Year resolutions just become a hopeless pursuit for you.
Setting and keeping New Year resolutions doesn’t have to be a hopeless pursuit. Come and think about it: that list of resolutions is planned by you, written by you, and you are the one who is responsible to accomplish them.
Now we will help you with some tips to make and keep your New Year resolutions. Nothing is impossible, and you also can accomplish all of your resolutions!
It is good to dream big and have a long list of resolutions to accomplish this year, but we got to be rational. The fewer things your brain has to deal with, the better. Think of the most doable things you can accomplish in the near future first, and then move to the bigger things later.
One of the main reasons why people have such a hard time fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions is because the goals are too general. For example, if you have a fitness goal and want to be more in shape this year, you should set your concrete target like “I have to shed 5 kg in three months” or “I’m going to commit to a 30-minutes workout four times a week.”
It is not an uncommon thing to completely forget about your New Year’s resolutions after a few weeks or months have gone by. We know that everyday life will take all of your attention, and it’s hard to stay focused on your major goal. That’s why it’s important to schedule several days throughout the year when you will reassess the progress toward your resolution goals. That is the time when you can ask yourself about how close you are to achieve your goals, what have you done during the previous months to fulfill your goals, and your next plan towards your goals.
One of the main reasons why the resolutions we make in New Years fail is the lack of purpose and motivation. There are many ways to conquer this, depending what works the best for you. Make a pros and cons list to remind you on why you are doing this or creating emotional support would also help to make you stay on track with your goals. Otherwise, motivate yourself by giving rewards whenever you reach a significant goal.
Don’t be afraid to fail
What can you do when you’ve started to fall off track? The key is stay persistent. The more you beat yourself up and feel guilty about something, the further you get from your goals. So, just give yourself a break, and get back on the track. It is very important to recognize that you can continue forward, even if you’ve failed miserably. Failures do not have the right to stop you!
Let’s follow these tips and at the end of the year, see how much you’ve been progressing from the day 1. Just remember to never stop doing what you can do to achieve your goals. Happy New Year!