New Year’s Resolutions – 3 Easy Ways to Make them Work
Making New Year’s Resolutions has been a tradition since ancient times, going back to the Babylonian era when people made promises to their Gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
The Romans began each year by making promises to the God Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
In the modern context, people make New Year’s Resolutions in the hope that the new year will help them turn around their life in a big way. And the thought running through their mind is – “This is gonna be the best year of my life.”
While I personally believe you don’t need to wait for a new year to turn your life around as you can start ‘today’ if you are really serious about it, I’m alright with it if that’s something that can trigger a change for you.
Though people make resolutions with all the good intentions, research (from University of Scranton) suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. And if you are wondering what do these 8% people do to succeed, keep reading…
How to make it work
In the new year, you may be looking to lose weight, eat healthier, join the gym, start a business, be a better partner or earn more money to pay off your credit card debt. Whatever your resolutions, there’s 3 basic things you can do to increase your chances of success.
- Keep your resolutions simple
When I say ‘simple’, it means – small, do-able and achievable – considering what all is happening in your life, personally and professionally. Making your list too large is a recipe for failure.
According to psychologist Lynn Bufka : “It’s more sensible to set small, attainable goals throughout the year, rather than a singular, overwhelming goal. Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”
- Set clear, specific goals
Even with your small list, make sure each resolution is defined clearly, specifically and strongly.
Some examples of unhelpful resolutions: “I want to lose weight.” “I want to become rich this year.”
Instead, make sure you are ‘very specific’. Your goal becomes more attainable when you say something like: “I want to start earning $100K a year by October 2017.”
Can you see the difference?
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- Work on yourself
Any goal or resolution works only when you have the right mindset and an inner empowerment or motivation to help you stay on track, especially in moments when the going gets tough.
Hack: Check out this personal development portal: http://www.success.com/. You can subscribe to their newsletter and benefit from regular inspiration.
Keep in mind that succeeding in your New Year’s resolutions is a process – it needs to be enjoyable and something that keeps you excited. This is what makes it easier to make it work… year after year.
Loads of success wishes for you!
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”
~ Helen Keller
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