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 behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.
Here are 9 tips to help you get started:
1. Be Realistic
Strive for a goal that is attainable. For instance if you are person who has a sweet tooth and you decide to completely stop eating sweets and fail to do so. Rather be practical and set a realistic goal of shifting to healthier options of eating fruits, dates for sweet craving.
2. Plan Ahead and Act on your Plan
Don’t make your resolution at the last minute; it will be based on your mindset of that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well in advance before December 31 arrives. So you can act accordingly from the 1st day of the New Year.
3. Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List
Writing “Pros” and “Cons” in a paper keeps you motivated. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
4. Talk about it
Never keep your resolution a secret. Involve family members and friends who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. You can also find a friend who shares similar New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
5. Be Positive
By this, I don’t mean “be optimistic”. Rather its easier to eliminate a bad habit when you replace it with a good one. So , if your resolution involves “no fried snack at work, pack a healthy snack for work everyday” as a part of your resolution.
6. Track your progress
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help you be motivated. For Instance instead of focusing on losing 30 kg, focus on losing the first 5 kg. Keep a food log to track your progress, and reward yourself for each 5kg lost.
7. Keep a Reward Program
If you have been sticking to your resolution celebrate your success by treating yourself with something you enjoy doing that doesn’t contradict your resolution. For Instance, reward yourself with a new dress or by going to a movie with a friend or may be an picnic or outing with friends.
8. Stick to it
Experts say it takes about 21 days for any new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
9. Keep Trying
If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t despair. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on your resolution track.
Wishing all my readers a very happy and healthy new year.