The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to set new goals. We are feeling jolly, invigorated and hopeful, which is probably the reason why so many people make New Year resolutions on the first month of the year.
Now, 2020 may have left us struggling but it also has undeniably made us stronger. And this year, we are given a great opportunity to change those bad habits and establish new routines that can help better our growth.
But of course, new year resolutions aren’t easy to keep. They can be challenging and perhaps by the end of March. A lot of us may have already settled back into our old patterns. But don’t worry, here are exercises you can do in order to steel your resolve and keep your resolutions intact.
1. Be Specific With Your Goal
Let’s say you have a goal to “Earn Money” for this year alone; how will you do it? It is a general idea, and you can take a lot of courses of action to achieve this goal alone. You can change that to “Invest in the Stock Market” or “Start a Small Business,” by doing so, you can redirect your focus from an ambiguous idea to a more distinct target.
By choosing to be specific, you’re able to think of a concrete and achievable goal so you can accomplish it by the end of the year.
2. Set A Limit
We know you’d like to have at most 50 items in your list of New Year’s resolutions, but let’s be honest, isn’t that too much? You should start with at least 1 long term goal for the whole year and 4 short term goals.
Having too much on your list can be pretty exhausting, and having too much on your plate may end up none being taken seriously. Focusing on a smaller number of goals makes an objective considerably more reachable.
3. Plan Ahead
Don’t jump to bed and conclude that you will start making the resolutions you have in your head tomorrow just because you want to. Like other things, planning your goals ahead of time is essential to achieving them. Strategize first.
Take into consideration factors such as: why you want to do it, when you should do it, what do you need to do, and other things you have to take into account. Start by writing a list of steps, and note possible shortcomings. By knowing these, you are prepared to stick to your resolution without getting sidetracked.
4. Small Steps Go A Long Way
You have to remember that nothing comes at an instant. We all have to work to achieve that goal of ours. For example, if you plan to run a marathon this year, start by doing daily lapses and work your way to longer runs a day. Although it may seem like a slow start, slowly and surely, you are bound to achieve your goals.
5. Stop Repeating Mistakes
Avoid repeating your strategies for that one new year resolutions over the past years that didn’t work out and thinking that it might this year. You could try thinking which of the plans were effective, and which weren’t. Change your approach. It’s time you move on and start rethinking of other ways to achieve that long term goal of yours.
6. Have A Support System
Many have not realized this, but having a solid support system beside you for your new year’s resolution is a great way to jumpstart your goals. This way, you stay motivated, and if something bothers you, they’re one call away. Camaraderie makes the dream and teamwork!
7. Continue Being Motivated
While we’re on the motivation topic, since it’s still the first week of the new year, you may be feeling more confident of achieving your 2021 Resolution, and that’s the spirit! But, when you get to the middle of the year and start doubting yourself, you must remember what motivated you to have come that far.
Find your source of inspiration to get you through the year, whether it be friends or family. Take a rest, but don’t stop!
8. Always Work On Your Goals
Sometimes, we might get lazy when it comes to achieving our dreams but there are actually ways so this can be avoided. Track your progress every time you do something small for your goal, and always keep in mind why you want to work on your resolution. Think of better ways to overcome laziness and feeling unmotivated.
9. Digest And Improve
The road to achieving your objective isn’t smooth and straight; day by day, it gets bumpier. The lessons you pick up along the way should serve as a stepping stone for developing your lapses and understanding what went wrong. Always remember that there is always room for improvement in every process.
10. Change Is A Process
Lastly, change doesn’t show instantly. And often than not, it will always ask you to step out of the box or your comfort zone.
So let’s say you’ve wanted to lose or gain weight; results don’t appear the next day after a workout. Be patient. Even if you make a mistake or two, you can always restart and continue your journey towards your goal for the year.
It may take longer as it should, but being able to finish your new year resolutions isn’t a race. Once you have manifested to change a certain behavior, you may be able to continue it for the rest of your life– now that’s a resolution!
So, are you now motivated? Yes? Great!
We hope you’ve got your resolutions ready because it’s time you start planning those and putting them into action!
Happy new year, everyone!