11 January, 2018
New Year is the time when many people make resolutions; unless you have made a resolution not to make resolutions! Every year we see that many people make solemn promises to do things with all sincerity and good intent. However, it has also been observed that many of these fade away after a while and do not really last the year. And then it is time to make resolutions again. Of course, there a few who staunchly stick to their promises and make good of it. Why is it so difficult to stick to New Year resolutions? What are the best New Year resolutions? Spare a thought and read on to know more.
Make realistic resolutions
The one reason why most New Year resolutions fail is that they are highly ambitious and at most times, unrealistic. While at times, you may still make these, it is always better to have a few that are realistic. Make small resolutions that matter and provide you immense satisfaction, while also ensuring that your overall interest is maintained. Making highly ambitious resolutions are fine but have a few simpler ones as well. These have to be thought through and implemented well.
The simpler ones like volunteering for a good cause, giving more to charity, not missing on health checkups, watching what you eat, taking a few vacations etc. can boost your morale. These are much easier to follow and would also provide some meaning to your life and make it satisfactory. The more ambitious and perhaps, important ones like giving up smoking or drinking may need much more than a basic willpower to attain success.
‘This year I will lose weight’, seems to be a good New Year resolution to make. But anything that cannot be measured or monitored cannot really be achieved in that sense. It is better to be specific and say, ‘I will lose 5 kilos in 6 months’. This is something that can be measured and every month when you step on the scale; you know if you are going in the right direction. When you have a specific goal, there will be a plan associated with it. When you have a plan, things usually work out. In other words, just good intentions are not enough, you need to apply yourself to make them happen.
Make achievable resolutions
The resolutions that you make should also be relevant to your life or career and it should matter to you if you achieve them or not. While having a few easily achievable resolutions are good for the morale, there should also be at least one or two that are challenging. Humans mostly tend to excel and find higher realms when they are challenged. You may pick up a new skill to achieve such a goal.
Make it known
It is always better to publish your New Year resolutions to your family or friends. They can help you get back on track if you lose sight of the same. Also, they will make you accountable to achieve the same in a time-bound manner. If you don’t publish your resolutions and keep it to yourself, the chances of not achieving it are more. Also, when you make others aware, there is a real sense of accomplishment in achieving it. You can throw a party to celebrate the same.
With all these inputs, think back on what your best New Year resolutions have been and why you succeeded or not in them. Perhaps, the insight gained can help you have better success rates with your current New Year resolutions. By all means, do not back out and make a few. There is something new that can be done every year. Follow your heart and apply your mind, and you surely cannot go wrong with your New Year resolutions.
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