The customary New Year’s resolution is not such a bad thing. As it is, the start of a new calendar year almost automatically produces a shift in our psychological mindset when we allow our thoughts to reflect on what could have been and how it could have been. The turn of your new January calendar somehow signifies the revival of a new beginning, and there is something immensely energising and refreshing about starting the year with a clean slate of optimism. Some of you may take this opportunity to determine the positive changes that you would like to attempt and ponder deeper on how to go about achieving them. Setting yourself a set of personal goals to achieve at the start of the year,such as losing weight or saving up to buy your dream car, and giving yourself twelve months to fulfil it is an excellent way to ensure consistent growth and development both physically and mentally.
However, while creating resolutions can be seen as a cleansing ritual of self-assessment that demands personal honesty, humility and a certain degree of determination, breaking them is part of the cycle. Reports have emerged that only a mere eight percent of resolution-makers have been successful in achieving their yearly goals and objectives. If you seem to find yourself trapped in the pool of the 92 percent that is always having a hard time seeing through your New Year’s resolution, here are four tips you may want to consider to give yourself a fighting chance in your quest for a better 2019.
Jot Down Your Goals
Inking down your goals and objectives for the year in black and white will give you a constant reminder of the list of things you need to prioritise and work on. Write down your New Year’s resolution on a piece of paper and stick the list somewhere that will catch your attention every day like on your refrigerator door or dressing table. Additionally, you should jot down on the benefits of accomplishing each objective, along with the consequences if you fail to do so. That way, should your New Year’s resolve ever falter midway through the year, reading through this list may just reignite the drive and passion in you to finish off what you started in the first place.
Set Realistic Goals
Setting yourself unrealistic goals is certainly not getting you anywhere, much less offer you any long-term benefits. While it may feel good when you write down that you are looking to shed forty kilos off the weighing scale or achieve a sculpted six-pack in the first month, it will only lead to you becoming dejected and unmotivated, which in turn, results in you breaking your resolution cycle. Instead, set upon yourself small, realistic goals that can be achieved within the stipulated time. For instance, aim to lose two kilos a month for start and treat yourself to a dessert when you have successfully reached that mark. When your body has adapted to your fitness routine, increase the bar gradually and continue to challenge yourself for overall growth.
Recent reports have indicated that almost quarter of resolution-makers ditch their goals just after a week into the new year. Alarming, yes, but not surprising. More often than not, the hardest part of any transformation occurs during the initial stages when your mind and body are not accustomed to the sudden changes they are experiencing. Fret not, we have a few tips to make your resolution journey more bearable. For instance, if your goal to eat healthier, do not simply cut off all your favourite foods and snacks with a snap of your fingers as that will almost certainly instigate you to succumb to your cravings down the road and end up with you reverting to your old eating habits, casing your weight to balloon back up. Rather, cut back gradually — whip up and consume your healthy meals daily but still allow yourself room to enjoy the food that you love in moderation by dedicating a ‘cheat’ day for them.
Formulate A Plan
One of the main reasons why more than a quarter of resolution-makers bring their cycle to an abrupt halt is their inability to present themselves with ample time to adapt to the changes. This is essentially the outcome of poor planning and failing to consider the suitable amount of time required for each goal that has been set. For instance, you may want to carve out a six-pack out of your bloated tummy, but your hectic work schedule does not permit you to squeeze in any form of workouts in between, and as a result, you throw in the towel at the start of February. Therefore, a well-thought strategy on how you want to achieve your fitness goals and objectives is highly imperative to prevent you from using the ‘too busy’ wild card to give up on your resolution. With a detailed plan in place, all there is left to do is to stick with the schedule for better or worse, whichever comes first.