Happy New Year!! Tis the season of birth, renewal and clean slates. Which also means it’s time for many of us to make our goals for the new year…aka, New Years Resolutions.
At the onset of each new calendar year, adults across the globe make resolutions for the year ahead. These resolutions are made to ensure the next 12 months are healthy and happy ones.
But as well-intentioned as New Year’s resolutions can be, they’re often less than successful and might even prove counterproductive to those who don’t fulfill their resolutions. Numerous studies have shown that a large majority of us are unsuccessful at sticking with our resolutions. Failing to achieve a resolution can be dispiriting, and such a failure can make people feel worse about themselves than they did prior to making the resolution.
So what is a person to do to make a resolution a success? Though there are no guarantees when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, there are steps people can take to increase the likelihood that their resolution will prove successful.
* Be certain about your motives. The motives behind a resolution should be strong and unquestionable. If the motive is weak, the chances of failure increase. Before making a resolution, examine the motives behind that resolution. Gain an understanding of why it is important to you to make this change and if you think you can commit to the change for the next 12 months and the years ahead. If you don’t fully understand why you’re doing something, you’re less likely to keep doing it.
* Only make one resolution. Change is never easy, especially when it comes to our habits. Making several resolutions makes it harder to achieve any of them, as it will require making several changes all at once. Instead, make just one resolution and then devote your full focus to making it a success.
* Be specific when setting goals. Perhaps the most popular resolution is to lose weight. But one of the reasons many people are unsuccessful when they resolve to lose weight is they aren’t specific enough when they make the resolution. For example, losing one pound can be considered weight loss, but people who want to lose weight as their New Year’s resolution almost certainly want to lose more than a single pound. When making a resolution, be very specific (i.e., lose 20 lbs.) and set periodic goals (5 lbs. by the end of the first month) to give you something smaller to push for as you pursue the bigger goal.
* Report to a spouse or close friend. Another reason many resolutions fail is because there’s no watchdog to monitor progress or regression. When making a resolution, enlist the help of someone you really trust to hold you accountable.
* Make it a daily project. A New Year’s resolution should provide daily opportunities to make progress. There should be things you can do every day to make your resolution a success. A popular New Year’s resolution is to save money. This should be easy to pull off, as people have opportunities each and every day to save money, including bringing their lunch to work instead of going out for lunch. If there’s something you can do every day to make the resolution a success, it’s more likely to quickly become part of your routine, making it easier to achieve as a result.
From your Things Engraved Social Team,
Make your resolution stick by engraving a reminder of it on an object you will see everyday, such as a pen, bracelet or tag. You will increase your success when you keep it top of mind. WATCH for our post later this week with some specific ideas for you to try.