It’s that time of the year again, January; a month which marks the beginning of several things for different people. New lifestyle, new friends, new passion and motivation and the list is endless. All these can be summarized in one short statement – New Year Resolution.
What Is New Year Resolution?
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. Wikipedia
What Makes New Year Resolution Work?
Take a trip down to the gym in this month of January and see how crowded it will be, do you still need a reason for this? It is nothing other than our beloved and much talked about New Year Resolution, monitor the gym trend up until mid February and you’ll notice a drop in gym attendance.
What does this tell you?
It takes more than mere dreaming, a week or month of consistency and penning down of resolutions to make them work.
New Year Resolution still works, if you’ll follow these steps
Set Specific Goals
In this new year, I want to lose some weight. That sounds like a goal but not a specific one. How then do I set specific goals you might want to ask? It’s easy; you want to lose some weight, how much do you weight now and how much pounds do you want to shed? Determining that makes your goal more specific.
If your goal is to save more, then decide how much you want to save each month or each week. After this, then determine how you want to go about it and stick to it.
Pen Down Those Goals
If your goals are still wandering somewhere in your head, then you’re not ready for actualization yet. Get a book, pen down your goals and keep yourself accountable. Record your progress as you carry out each goal; that way, you’re able to monitor how far you’ve gone.
Keep Yourself Accountable
Get a group of friends or family members (interested in your progress ofcourse) and share your goals with them. Let them hold you accountable; knowing at the back of your mind that there are others involved will keep you on track.
Even when you find yourself gradually lagging behind, these people will help keep you on your toes.
Have A Strong Why
By now, you must be familiar with the saying ‘when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. Asides having goals, there must be reasons why you want to achieve those goals and by reasons, it refers to not just any reason.
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The reasons behind each goal must be strong enough to keep you going in periods when you feel like throwing in the towel. Make a list of why it is important to achieve these goals and the benefits on the long run.
Make The New Year Resolution About Others Too
As much as it can be quite tempting to want to make your New Year Resolution about ‘me’, put others into consideration too. When you make your goals about others too, it gives you this sense of responsibility to do all it takes to make it work.
Getting to see those goals impact lives positively is an additional boost to self confidence in seeing them to the end.
The list of what makes New Year Resolution work is endless but just as some things make it work, there are also ways your New Year Resolution won’t work.
What Won’t Make New Year Resolution Work
This is one of the common reasons why New Year Resolution doesn’t work out as planned; we get a little too overzealous when penning down those goals we want to achieve. Give yourself a break and take it one step at a time rather than try to commit to too many things at once.
Lack of Drive
It’s not just enough to set goals, you need to have a deep level of understanding of what it is you want to get done. Make sure your goals make you excited, if not; the enthusiasm to see it to the end will fade out easily.
When you set goals, never make the mistake of wanting to do something simply because someone else is doing it rather, ensure it’s a goal you’re really passionate about. When you do something you love doing, the drive isn’t far-fetched.
Lack of Confidence
There is absolutely no way success can be achieved if you lack confidence in yourself and abilities. Setting New Year Resolution and seeing it through requires deep belief in yourself, keep painting a picture of the end result right there in your mind and encourage yourself when you feel like going no further.
Whether or not people believe in you and your goals isn’t what matters, what truly matter is whether you believe in yourself and your goals.
New Year Resolution works all the time, but only if you’re willing to make the required sacrifices.
What’s your take on New Year Resolution?
Written By Alara Karis of Alarakaris Blog