Time and again, we set new year’s resolutions only to look back and realize… we achieved none of them. Don’t worry, you are not alone in this. Many of us share the same problems in the quest for self-improvement.
If you are determined to make this year different, we reveal how to actually check off your goals at the end of the day.
Read on to discover the secrets of success!
1. Start small
We say things like “I’m going to run 10k by the end of the year”. A day passes. And then a month. By the time you know it, it’s 2020. Instead, break down these goals. Begin with brisk walking for a week. The next week, go for a short run around the neighborhood. Gradually increase the distance once you are comfortable with it. This way, the mind does not get overwhelmed and can focus on achievable tasks.
2. Find your motivation
Do you set a resolution because you want to improve your health? Get fit? Become happier? Hold on to that motivation and end goal whenever you need a boost or two to get you going. Whenever you want to give up, look back on the reason why you started and keep going.
3. Keep a journal
Without someone (or something) to keep us accountable, it is more tempting to skip a workout. Or start eating healthy tomorrow. A journal allows progress tracking, so it’s a great way to check off every milestone. Better yet, get a friend to check up on you to make sure you’re on track. After all, teamwork makes the dream work. After all, it has been scientifically proven that working in a group makes individuals 44% more likely to take action to reach their goal.
4. Let go
Failure is inevitable. After all, we are all human. Forgive yourself and move on. A slip up does not mean ruined resolutions. Pick up where you left off instead of dwelling on mistakes and bounce back stronger. Do not simply give up, or you would have lost the battle before it started.
5. Treat yourself
Celebrate small victories and milestones. Work hard, play hard. Definitely remember to give yourself adequate time to rest and relax as well. Be it a piece of chocolate or a round of video games, these go a long way in making it easier to stick to your resolutions. Although it seems indulgent and counter intuitive, rewarding yourself will actually take you one step further in achieving your resolutions.
6. Consider setting S.M.A.R.T. goals
Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound. Follow these guidelines when setting efficient goals.
Instead of: “I want to learn Japanese”,
Try: “I want to learn the Japanese alphabet by the end of this week. I’ll start by writing out the alphabet twice a day”
This way, you’ll have a course of action. Additionally, it guides your progress. If you find yourself lost along the way, refer back to your S.M.A.R.T goal.
Ultimately, change is hard, but not impossible. With these tips in mind, we wish you luck with your resolutions this year.
Time’s a-ticking, go rock these resolutions now!