As every year draws to a close and the clock ticks over its last ten seconds, millions of hearts swell with hopes and aspirations for a better year ahead. The New Year brings in a wave of positivity coupled with a strong belief in the possibility of transformation. What follows next are rigorous New Year’s resolutions as the first step towards actualization of a new life you have envisioned for yourself.
However, as many of us know through experience, most New Year resolutions fizz out with equal apathy as the vigour they had started off with. Unable to live up to our resolutions, we find ourselves stuck in a vicious circle of unending procrastination. More often than not, we make peace with the inability to stick to our resolutions and go back to living our old habits and lifestyle.
But wait….it doesn’t really have to be so! Here is the secret to sticking by your resolutions this New Year – choose one that is important to you but at the same time is achievable and realistic. Some simple methods can help achieve these without getting de-motivated and giving up half way. Keep your goals achievable and make sure you include your friends and family in the process to give motivation.
Here are a few simple steps that can ensure you stick to your resolutions this year:
Find the Right Resolution
The feasibility of your resolution determines how much you are able to stick to them. Ensure that your resolutions are realistic before you make any promises to yourself for the New Year. Setting unrealistic goals will never be fruitful and might also result in bringing down your morale. ‘Failure’ affects us on many levels, and can seriously hamper your self-worth and level of confidence. So, the goal here is to not fail yet again this year. How to do that?
Analyse your current state closely and reflect upon the changes you need to make to become a better person. The resolutions you make should be an outcome of deep inner introspection rather than impulsive promises made in the heat of the moment. Make sure your resolutions are not baseless and that you actually want to see the change you have resolved to accomplish.
Simple steps make a task easier
Once you have decided your New Year’s resolution, break it down into small practical steps that will help you achieve it. Define your goals clearly and list down the things you need to do in order to get there. For example, if losing weight is what you are looking at, set small and reasonable targets of how much weight you should loose in a week to meet your larger goal. Also, make a list of all necessary steps such as fixing your diet, exercise routine etc so that you have a clear picture of how to go about things.
Once your enthusiasm level starts dropping, the easiest way out of the resolution is often ascribed to the lack of time. Don’t let that get the better of you! Plan your schedule wisely to be able to squeeze in time for other priorities as well.
Never Say Die
Set deadlines for each little step that will help you get closer to your aim. Be honest with yourself and fairly assess how well you are keeping pace with your plans. Don’t get disheartened even if you find yourself slacking behind. You will not always get the desired results instantly, and this might tempt you to abandon your plans.
However, don’t let yourself get bogged down by little failures and keep striving till you see positive results. Remember there is nothing that can stand in the way of a strong will power and a positive spirit.
But remember, there is no reason good enough to make you stop trying!
The ‘New You’ that you’ve always aspired to be is just around the corner…all you have to do is take the leap and stand firm by your resolve in this New Year.
Wish You All A Very Happy New Year!
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