3 TIPS TO SETTING A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
It is that time of the year once again where the excitement of the New Year comes upon us. 2018 has no doubt been a year of many events and many changes in people’s lives. If you have loved the way the year has gone and would like to make 2019 go even better, you are probably considering setting a New Year resolution.
A New Year resolution does not mean that you would automatically change for the better. However, it means that you are finally ready to sit down and deal with some of the flaws or issues in your life. There are many ways in which one can go about it. Sometimes, that can really determine how your whole resolution goes. If you are at crossroads about making a resolution, it may be wise for you to consider these three tips. They are all you really need to make sure that those resolutions you make would stick around until 2020! Here are the three important tips:
PREPARING MENTALLY: it is said that every battle which you are going to have to undertake in this life is going to start in your head. Hence, when preparing yourself, the first thing which you would need to do is to prepare yourself mentally for the task which you would no doubt have to face. Here are some of the things which would prepare you mentally:
SETTING YOUR RESOLUTION: it is very normal to feel the vibe and the fire of enthusiasm that comes with the New Year. That fire can make you believe you can achieve even the most impossible thing. When trying to set your resolutions, you have to remember that it is important to always go for goals which are attainable and realistic. Going for a goal which would not be attained would only make you feel like you can never make anything work out just right. However, when you stick to goals which can be managed and tracked, you are already on your way to success.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE FAILURES: while no one is doomed to fail on some occasions, it is very likely that failures would definitely come your way at some point. Therefore, it is very crucial that you prepare yourself for any mistake or relapse you might have towards your goal. You must also have the right mentality to pick yourself up and continue the journey after a failure has occurred.
RECOGNIZE THE ADVANTAGES AND THE DISADVANTAGES: create a list which would show you the benefit which you stand to get if you manage to stick with your resolve. In that same list, create a list showing all the obstacles which you would face if you are not able to stick with your New Year resolution. This would help you to keep you motivated going into the New Year.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS: friends and family can be a good source of strength when you are in this type of situation. Choose someone you are comfortable with and share your resolution with them. They may just be the strength you need to keep your resolution going.
WORK HARD: hard work is one of the main determinants of achieving success in this world. Without working hard, you are more likely to end up in repeated failure. Here are some ways in which you can work hard:
STAY DISCIPLINED: staying discipline requires more work that you can think. It is always easier to fall back to a habit which you are already used to. Staying on course throughout a year requires some willpower and immense determination. Staying discipline would literally decide if your resolution goes as planned or it falls apart halfway through.
CONSISTENCY AND PRACTICE: no matter how tough things may be, you would have to endure. The only that you can make a new action a habit is to have endurance and a truckload of patience. It has been estimated that new things become habits to us after we do it for 21 days. Therefore things are bound to get better when we stick to our initial plan for an extended period of time. We would surely see the benefits then.
PROGRESS AND THE FINISH LINE: the last thing which you would have to settle would be checking your progress to ensure that you get to the final line in less than no time. Here are some ways in which you can make this happen:
SET MICRO GOALS: while it is always good to have the big picture in your head, you should also ensure that you find a way to break what you have to achieve next year in smaller sizes in order to make it easier to achieve. For example, you could set a personal goal which you hope to meet before the end of the first quarter and another for the end of the second quarter and so on. This would give you a good idea of what you are doing and the progress which you are making.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: one last thing. You would need to make sure that you track the progress which you are making. You can do this by setting up a timeline which would show you where you started and how far that you have gone. This timeline would allow you to see how far you have come and would also give you the much-needed confidence that you would need going forward.
The New Year is a time which some enter with renewed belief that things might just be better for people this year. It is also a time where you plan how you want your year to go. Making a New Year resolutions is one way in which you can make your planning come true. However, try to make your goals as realistic as possible. If you do not make them realistic, you could spend your year chasing unattainable goals.