Just 3 days more for 2019 and I guess a majority of people are ready with their new year resolutions. But what exactly are new year resolutions?
Wikipedia says: A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their lives.
But do you keep your new year resolutions?
A fickle-minded person, which I am, keeping any resolution has got to be the toughest thing ever. For every new year, my diary starts with a dozen of resolutions that I always am determined to keep. But they all go through the same fate.
So why is it that I am not able to keep my resolutions?
Is it the lack of determination? Or just that it’s too vague to be kept?
The answer could be anything. But here is how I am confident that I am going to keep the new year resolutions that I make this year.
BY PICKING THE RIGHT RESOLUTION
Set a goal that is meaningful and doable. In all sense, your goal should be practical. Your goal should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.
CREATE A PLAN
Your goal is not going to appear magically. You not only need a plan for what to do but also for what barriers you’ll come across along the way. Being prepared with a plan is effective.
IGNORE TEMPTATION AND DOUBT
Many times you will be tempted to break your resolution. But remember to ignore this temptation and the negativity around it. Self-doubt is the biggest hurdle in keeping your resolutions.
DON’T BE TOO HARSH
Being too harsh on yourself is not going to help either. For example, if you have never gone to the gym earlier, deciding to go every day for 3 hours would be really harsh (and impractical too). Better yet, decide to go for at least the bare minimum of 1 hour, for 5 days every week. After that habit is developed, you can increase the time as per your suitability.
Rewards are an excellent way to keep resolutions. For example, reward yourself to a fine dinner if you keep up your resolution for a month. Small rewards will help in ways unimaginable.
I hope this small guide helps you in keeping your resolutions. We would be glad to hear your experiences and feedback. Do share with us in the comments section below.