How To Ensure Your New Year Resolutions Work
Have you started your countdown to 2017 yet? If the answer is no, perhaps you can start now and gain an unfair advantage over your friends in the game that everyone loves to play – new year resolutions! Read more now to learn how!
The new year is often the best time of the year for many people. In addition to the holiday mood of it all, a new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start. There are many new products that go hand in hand with a new year, such as calendars and diaries… and parties! Twelve new months are available on the calendar to plan things and strike them off as they are being accomplished, one after the other. Does the very thought give you an adrenaline rush? Surely!
The question though, is this: What is the best way to sustain New Year resolutions beyond day three or week one? Though there are many strategies people have, the more successful ones always swear by this one cheat – start early! YES! It is that simple. The secret to sustaining a new year resolution is to trick yourself into thinking that you are already there. If you can do something after ten days or two weeks, you are also capable of doing it in the present moment. In fact many people take refuge in new year resolutions because of the comfort of procrastination. The comfort of the ‘tomorrow’ is what keeps one lazy in the today. So, quite simply, make your January 1 today and take action right now, so you can be in the process of sustaining the momentum by the time you reach the new year!
A person usually takes two to three weeks to cultivate a new habit, if one does not give up before that time period. Once that threshold is crossed, the habit is formed and one can then spend time perfecting it.
New Year resolutions are all about being better and improving oneself. The sooner one gets over the hurdle of procrastination, the quicker is the progress. By using this “cheat”, you can now reap the benefits of a sustained new year’s resolution. There is no reason to worry if you are unable to do this for any health reasons or personal emergencies. You can still stick to your new year resolutions by using other strategies. To briefly list a few:
- You can select and use a tracking app that is available in mobile app stores. Get yourself an app that tracks progress, reminds you of deadlines.
- Give yourself incentives whenever you cross a certain threshold or milestone in your resolution journey.
- Ask your friends to volunteer to check on your progress for a couple of months by following up with you consistently every week.
- Write down your resolutions on a monthly planner. For the first two months of the year, stick the planner above your bed or directly in front of your bed where you can see it first thing in the morning. Constant reminders are the best goad for achieving goals that are self-created.
Though some of these tips seem too simple to be true, their power can be unleashed only when you put the theory into practice.
Coming to the actual resolutions themselves, if you haven’t taken any yet, here are a few suggestions –
- To start with, pledge to exercise regularly.
- Resolve to eat a healthier diet.
- Plan a trip you have been postponing because you are too busy.
- Detox your tech life from smartphones and laptops.
- Give up a bad habit.
- Learn something new.
- Volunteer for a charitable organization.
- Spend more time with people who matter.
- Forgive and forget the past.
- Adopt a pet.
We wish you all the best with your new year resolutions and wish you a happy 2017!