5 Solutions To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Sunday, 3 January 2016

                                                                                                           Image; KSFS Media


The new year make you think, deep thinking, which is probably the reason why everyone joins in the mutual activity of making resolutions to 'fix' what went wrong the previous year. In my case though 12 months is a long time to keep to a set of promises I made in the beginning of the year. I'm 100% positive that I am not the only one, but don't give up on yourself.
My solutions?

1. Turn your resolutions into goals
I find resolutions to be like empty promises to yourself. Similarly when you realise that you did not get what you promised yourself you'll be very disappointed (welcome to my 31st December). Make goals instead. If you make goals you set yourself deadlines and you make proactive plans to reaching those goals. Saying 'I want to be healthier this year' is not strong enough to withhold the countless  Nando's or Dominos temptations along the 12 months. Saying 'I want to lose a certain amount of weight by April' is stronger. You'll plan your meals, your Nando's cheats, and your fitness regimes. Sooner or later your determination becomes a lifestyle. 

2.Set goals with smaller time-frames
I am 'small goals' fan. It's the best way to achieve bigger goals. A 12 month goal is huge. Set smaller goals along the 12 months to keep yourself in check. Reaching goals makes you more determined to keep going so if you have 3 month goals chances are you will reach your 12 month goal better. 

3. Focus on one goal at a time
The temptation is always to set more goals than a piece of paper can hold. It's good to have a lot of goals for yourself and do write them down, but then choose one. Choose the one you're most passionate about and start working on that. Set the smaller goals and time-frames. Once that goal becomes your lifestyle you can choose another goal to work on. 

4. Keep a written track record
Write the goal you're somewhere your eye will catch frequently. Write your achievements, good things and bad things down. Keeping a written record is a good way to keep yourself in check, making sure that you are not wavering. Remind yourself what you're working for to keep the motivation going. 

5. Enjoy yourself
These goals should be there to make you happy. You should be motivated and they should be relevant to you. If there is one resolution you should make is to be always happy and you have to make sure that all your goals make you happy more than anything else.

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals." - Melody Beattie 


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