It’s a new year and the same old resolutions list, which never stick or get accomplished. Well, let’s not fall into the same old trap. Don’t start the beginning of the year being negative. That is how failure ensues. Alas! Let this year be the year to accomplish your first resolution: choose something new. Start the year off on a positive note and with an instant win!
The new year always enters an inspiriting and motivating time, producing eagerness and curiosity in the pursuit of advancement. You know that self-improvement can change loathing and laziness into excitement and energy. For this reason, you choose things you dislike about yourself and strive to hope for a better and newer “you” to emerge.
The majority of New Year’s resolutions usually pertain to losing weight, nutrition, health, fitness, and behavioral issues. However, why not try something new to accomplish your resolution that will offer more boom than a bang! This something new is all about excitement and motivation. And, what does that best, being social? For example, learn a new skill, hobby, or recreational activity associated with your resolution using social interaction.
Instead of joining a gym, learn to dance. Dancing is intense and hard work, but the fun and social aspects supersede all of the toils, helping you accomplish your weight loss and fitness goals. If you are not into dancing, join a recreational sports team to learn a new sport or replay a sport from childhood. You can also invest in cooking classes to improve your nutrition and change your eating habits. Resolutions that are more social and fun tend to last longer, and you will probably be changing more (for the best) than you asked for. It will hold more value because it offers more experience than you probably thought initially. After some time, the resolution will no longer be seen as a resolution because it will have impacted and fused into your life and routine. Like your ROI (Return On Investment), your ROR (Return On Resolution) is best.
Resolutions Are Set Up For Failure
Unfortunately, many resolutions are set up for failure and disappointment because the goal is too high, done alone, or not specific. When you create a goal, it needs to be specific, detailed, and realistic.
Instead of an intense gung-ho approach, create a less dramatic and fun way that will encourage more participation and continuation often.
For example, instead of saying I want to lose weight or lose 30 lbs., change that to say, I want to lose 5 lbs. in 2 months. Or, I want to run 10 miles, change that to say, I want to start running 3 miles at 2 times a week.
Set the bar low, instead of too high, to accomplish a goal. When you achieve the goal, you will see how easy it is and how it takes the pressure off and instigates precedence for continuation and inspiration.
What’s most important is that it fits into your routine and becomes habitual. You can expand it from there. If it does not fit into the routine, the resistance and stress will produce aversion and lead to quitting and failure. Even if it is something you like, the attachment of stress will abhor the resolution. New Year’s resolutions should be more about how they fit into your schedule and routine to have a life-changing effect. There must be a smooth, conscious implementation that will guarantee success.
Tips for Success
The more drastic the change, the harder it will be to maintain the difference. Don’t be drastic. Break the goal down into smaller goals to accomplish the whole.
The goal should motivate you. If it creates fear and stress, it will impact the success and find itself on the curbside waiting to be hauled away.
Choose to change one or two things only. Again, make it a habit first, this will help you structure the goal into your routine with more promise and precedence. If it does not fit into the routine, it is less likely to stick around.
Hoping for change is good. However, making it happen is even better. We underestimate the power of accomplishment, simplicity at its finest. Even the smallest and most simple task produces enthusiasm, motivation, and inspiration when you accomplish something. You need a little spark to create a blazing fire.
Set yourself up for success, not a failure. Don’t resolve so tricky or challenging. It’s not about going gung-ho or cold turkey. It is more reasonable to cut something into thirds or in half at first. Start a few days a week and make sure it is fun. Most likely, you will maintain it longer.