Making resolutions at the beginning of the year is a great way to start a fresh chapter, which is presumably why so many people do it. The start of a new year often feels like a chance for a fresh start, a chance to break old habits and develop new routines that will advance your mental, emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development.
Of course, making resolutions is far simpler than keeping them, so by the end of March, many of us had given up and had fallen back into our old habits. Despite having the best of intentions, one of the issues may be that we are unable to follow our New Year’s resolutions.
Some of the most common resolutions include:
- Losing weight
- Sticking to a healthier diet
- Exercising regularly
- Making better financial choices
- Quitting smoking
- Spending more time with family
Although many individuals believe they don’t follow through on their resolutions, a research found that those who do so are 10 times more likely than those who don’t to truly alter their behavior.
What can you do, therefore, to increase your chances of keeping your next resolution? The following advice might give you a chance to succeed.
Choose A Specific Goal
Every year, millions of Americans make the resolution to “be more productive,” “reduce weight,” or “get in shape” in the upcoming year. Focus on something more tangible that you can actually aim for rather than choosing a goal that is so nebulous. Choose a very narrow, attainable aim, in other words.
Limit Your Resolutions
Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at Hertfordshire University, advises that even though you may have a big list of prospective New Year’s plans, you should choose only one and concentrate all of your efforts on it rather than trying to accomplish too many goals at once.
Focus On One Goal At A Time
Your confidence in yourself might increase if you accomplish even a little goal. It might be intimidating to take on too much at once. Because it requires time and consistent work to build new behavioral habits, it can be particularly challenging. Maintaining a resolution is considerably easier to achieve when you concentrate on a single objective.
Put Time Into Planning Your Resolutions
Don’t leave choosing your objective till the last minute. Achieving any objective requires making informed choices and thorough planning. The measures you will take, your motivation for making the change, and strategies for keeping yourself on track should all be discussed before you attempt a significant behavior change, according to experts.
Make A Detailed Plan For Your Resolutions
You can remain committed to your objective by writing up a thorough strategy. Why does this phase matter so much for success? One benefit is that it enables you to plan out your strategy for dealing with difficulties. What tactics will you employ to maintain your course toward making your resolution a reality when things become tough?
Remember That Change Is A Process
How can you anticipate changing those harmful or undesirable habits in only a few days, weeks, or months when they likely took years to form? Don’t be too hard on yourself. Recognize that achieving your objective will take time. Even if you stumble a bit, you can pick yourself up and keep moving forward in the direction of your objective.
Keep A Resolutions Journal
Think considering creating a resolve book where you may record your accomplishments and setbacks. To keep yourself inspired and motivated, write down the reasons you are working toward your goal so you can refer to them later. Consider what is making you stumble (such stress from job or home life) and how to handle it successfully.