If you are like most humans, you have been struggling over the past couple of weeks with your New Year’s Resolutions. You know you have to make them, or at least one, but the problem is you never (or hardly ever) keep them. “If there was only a way”.
New Year’s has always been a time to look to the past. More importantly, a time to look to the future, hoping that we have learned from the past. “What could have been and how can we make it happen.”
Resolutions at New Years are important and ever so popular because it’s like we start with a clean slate. “What we couldn’t do, or we know we have to do, has a new chance of being.”
So are you really like most? Here’s a list of the top 10 resolutions made by most people almost every year:
#9 – Help Others
#8 – Learn Something New
#7 – Get Out of Debt
#6 – Quit Drinking
#5 – Enjoy Life More
#4 – Quit Smoking
#3 – Tame the Bulge
#2 – Get Fit
#1 – Spend More Quality Time with Family & Friends
“Okay”, you say … “so how do I keep my resolution?” you may ask…
Here are my tips that may help you improve your chances:
1 – Be Realistic. The surest way to fail is to make your goal unattainable.
2- Plan Ahead. Don’t make your resolution overnight. If you make your resolution the last-minute, you will be making it based on your mindset at that particular moment.
3- Be Specific. “I’m going to lose weight” is not good enough. To broad. Instead, say “I’m going to loose 15 pounds by June 30th and I’m going to keep it off”.
4- Outline Your Plan. How are you going to lose those 15 lbs Six months mean an average of 2.5 lbs per month or better yet .625 lbs per week. Now it’s looking more achievable, isn’t it?
5- Talk About It. And then talk about it some more. Get your circle of influence involved. Family and friends will help you get there.
6- Track Your Progress. AND tell the world. Accountability is a wonderful thing. How much did you lose this week? How far are you from your goal? How did you do it? What’s next on your plan? Did I mention that you MUST tell the world?
7- Reward Yourself. This does not mean that you can eat a whole box of chocolates! Instead, celebrate your success by rewarding yourself with something that you enjoy that doesn’t contradict with your resolution.
8- Don’t Beat Yourself Up. Obsessing over an occasional slip up will not help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day and take it one day at a time.
9- Stick To It. Experts say it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your lifestyle. Your new habits will become second-nature in no time.
10- Make It YOUR own. Any resolution you make must be your own. Do not do this for someone else. Do it because it’s what you want to do. Whatever your reasons, they have to be yours… Period.
Quick Facts about Resolutions:
– 63% of people say they are keeping their resolutions after two months. Bet the other 37% did not have a specific plan.
– 67% of people make three or more resolutions.
– People make more resolutions to start a new habit than they do to break an old one.
How about you? How are you doing with your resolutions? (yeah, I know its early but you’d be surprised how many folks have already broken theirs or didn’t even make one). Did you make the same resolutions this year as you did last year? Why? How will you improve your chances of keeping them?