Another year has come and gone. With a blank slate to start anew, we tend to make certain life goals that will help us become a better person and have a great start to the new year. Though to paraphrase a quote from Seinfeld: It’s one thing to make a resolution, it’s another thing to keep to those resolutions. Here are seven helpful tips to assist you in abiding by your New Year’s resolutions.
Think of resolutions as a way to try out new things
Aside from a way to fix the problems in your life, resolutions can also be a way to try out a new activity or hobby. Break out of your comfort zone and take on something that you have never done before and wouldn’t mind trying out. Take that Zumba class that you half-wanted to take or go bungee jumping if you are an adrenaline-seeker. Resolutions should not seem like a daunting, Herculean task, if you make them fun and enjoyable, you’ll be more likely to stick to them. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down after all.
Motivation and Determination is Key
Nothing ever got done by quitting. The most important thing to keep to your resolutions is to be motivated enough to see it through till the end and have the determination to stick to it. There will be instances where you want to stop or give up altogether, don’t. If you do, then there’s no point in making a resolution if it’s going to be back-burned as soon as you make them.
Don’t revisit old failures
It’s true that the past makes us who we are, but to dwell on the past means that we can never truly move on. If you didn’t keep to the resolutions you made a year prior (or the years before that), don’t revisit it, instead, focus on the goals that you have set for yourself in the here and now. You can learn from your mistakes, but you should not let those mistakes get in the way of achieving your current goals. What happens in the past, stays in the past.
Keep it simple
Make a resolution that is both realistic and can be achieved within a certain amount of time. We all want to improve ourselves in some fashion, but we don’t want to give our lives a complete overhaul. Not everything can be finished at once. It’s best to concentrate on what’s most important to you.
Prioritize time in your schedule
We know that time is not usually on our side when it comes to getting things done. That, or we come up with the excuse of “never finding the time” to do something. It’s a daily choice that you have to make for yourself. Whether it’s trying to save up enough to buy the things you want or lose that extra weight so you can fit into that little black dress. Set aside some time in your schedule so that you can devote yourself to completing these tasks. Make them a priority. Treat them like appointments or deadlines that you absolutely cannot miss.
Share your progress with friends and family
It’s quite irksome when you see your friends post their gym workouts and healthy meals on social media. It’s like they’re rubbing your face in the fact that they’re sticking to their resolutions and you’re not. Though technically, by doing this, they’re less likely to quit halfway since there are those within their circle of friends keeping an eye on them so to speak. When sharing your progress, be sure to keep to one post per day (to avoid spamming people’s timelines) and choose the social network that’s best for you. Don’t share them across various other networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
Reward yourself when you’re on track
When we do good, we give ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done. When we did bad, we berate ourselves like there’s no tomorrow. Should you accomplish something on your list of resolutions, give yourself a treat for checking it off. Just make sure that whatever you choose to reward yourself with doesn’t ruin all of that hard work. Lost a couple of pounds? Go to the spa for a day of relaxation.