2021 is just around the corner and we are all excited to welcome it. A new fresh year gives us a sense of renewal and hope. Since the last year was probably the worst year of our lives, we want to make 2021 the best year of our lives. Or maybe, just surviving and aiming to be better this time would suffice. But wait a minute, studies have found that only 8% of people managed to attain their goals till the end of the year, while the other huge portion of people failed to stick to their resolutions.
But don’t lose hope, you can transform your life and be this better version of yourself. How? Read carefully the tips that we have compiled, backed by scientific evidence. Just keep them in mind and at the end of the year, you will be among those fateful folks who will say proudly that they succeed in attaining their goals.
Choose your resolution wisely
Be honest with yourself and choose a realistic resolution. Take some time to ponder as to why you have chosen this resolution. Will it bring a sense of peace and fulfillment in your life? Or solve some of your existing problems? Don’t choose your resolutions based on what is a popular trend, or far worse what people want you to do.
You will only succeed in completing a resolution if that’s what comes from within you, which means what matters to you.
A Specific goal is key to success
Now that you have chosen the best resolution/resolutions for yourself that will bring meaning to your life. The Next step is to make sure that you will be able to complete it successfully by the end of the year.
How to do that? Try setting specific goals and not general ones. If your goal is, I will try to be healthier and more fit the next year, that’s too general. More specific would be, I will shed 5 pounds and I will only eat junk food once a month.
DON’T set huge and unrealistic goals
This is probably one of the biggest reasons why people fail to stick with their resolutions. In the spirit of the new year, we make giant promises to ourselves that we will change every aspect of our life for the better till the next year. Of course, it’s not possible for a human. Instead, try setting small and achievable goals that will bring a positive change in your life.
Make a resolution journal
get a fresh new notebook and make a detailed plan as to how you would achieve your goal over the year. Make your monthly and daily to-do lists. Try to make them short and doable. Anticipate what obstacles may come in your way, think about them, and write ways to tackle them. This is a super tip that will help you a lot when you will slip, which is likely to happen. Regularly log your progress into your journal. If you face a challenge or setback, write that too, and what triggers it. Think about how you can deal with it the next time. This will help you in the future to be on the right track.
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Discuss with your friends and family about your resolutions. Explain to them how important are these goals to change the quality of your life. Be sure you discuss it with people who truly care about you. Ask their help. Ask them to be with you in your journey towards transformation. Ask them to cherish your every little success, help you to get back when you are falling off the track, and give you hope when you are thinking about giving up. Most importantly, ask them to keep you accountable. You can also join online support groups or try finding people with the same goals in your community.
Be kind to yourself
don’t be too harsh with you if you encounter a setback or relapse into a bad habit. Changing habits that are hard-wired in your brain, transforming your self, and incorporating healthier habits in your life requires time and effort. That’s the reason you have to make a resolve in the first place. There is no magical potion that you will drink or any red pill that you will take, and in a blink of an eye, you will become this dream version of yourself. Change takes time and you would have to be patient along the journey. Don’t put unnecessary blame on yourself, in this way you will become despaired and will give up at all.
Remember that change is a process. Don’t focus too much on the result. Most important thing is that you have acknowledged what’s wrong in your lifestyle and trying to change it. Enjoy the process of transformation and give your best shot. Results will take care of themselves.
Do you have a new year’s resolution? If yes, then share with us. We would love to know.