Another decade has just started and many of us are gathering up our willpower for a brand new set of New Year’s resolutions.
But have we learned from past experience? a large number, if not the majority, of previous resolutions, were probably broken in weeks, days, or even hours.
So, how to make this time round more successful? Well it’s not as hard as you might think there are some really easy ways to set yourself on the path to success, and the first is:
1. Keep your resolutions simple.
Sometimes people find themselves aiming for an overhaul of their entire lifestyle, and this is simply a recipe for disappointment and guilt.
It may be understandable at this time of year when self-improvement is on your mind, but experience shows these things can’t all be achieved at once.
2. Choose carefully.
But which to choose? Well, you might like to concentrate on those that will have the greatest impact on your happiness, health, and fulfillment.
3. Be realistic.
Don’t aim too high and ignore reality consider your previous experience with resolutions.
Remember, there will always be more opportunities to start on the next phase, so set realistic goals. Or if you don’t want to hold back, set clear short-term goals on your way to a big achievement.
4. Plan a time-frame.
In fact, the time-frame is vital for motivation. It is your barometer for success, the way you assess your short-term progress towards the ultimate long-term goal.
Buy a calendar or diary so you can plan your actions for the coming weeks or months, and decide when and how often to evaluate.
5. Make notes.
Having made a note of your time-frame, you will have a physical reminder of what you’re aiming for.
Now go further and write down the details of your resolutions in a notebook, remembering to add your motivations.
6. Receive support.
It is at such times when you’ve temporarily fallen off the wagon, that your support network is crucial.
Carefully choose those people around you who have shown themselves to be trustworthy, supportive friends and explain your plans.
Let them know of ways they can help when the going gets tough, and if they’re truly caring they’ll know the right things to say during the hard times.
7. Don’t give up!
Do bear in mind that a slip-up is almost inevitable at some point, and you must not let this become an excuse to give up.
When it happens, you will need to draw on your reserves of self-belief and strength, so build these qualities as often as you can.
Really feel proud of your past achievements and don’t become critical of yourself.
8. Put yourself in charge.
These achievements are under your control other people can advise and support you but it’s your actions that need to change to see the results you want.
Having a strong sense of control over your life is necessary to stick with your plans.
Those who blame everyone and everything apart from themselves will not have the resources needed to change.