So now that Christmas is done and the holidays are over, the one question that many people ask when starting a conversation would probably be, “What’s your new year resolution?”
The issue is many people probably don’t even remember their last year’s resolution or haven’t fulfilled last year’s one. Hence, here are some ideas we think would help you stick to your resolutions.
1) DON’T PROCRASTINATE
Sounds easy right? Many people, however, tend to give themselves excuses to delay whatever they want to do to later or tomorrow or next week or next month.
STOP. DO IT NOW. STOP procrastinating and DO IT NOW. If your goal is to learn Muay Thai, book for a class IMMEDIATELY. Stop scrolling facebook, instagram or snapchat and start taking that small step towards the right direction.
2) DON’T OVER-COMMIT
Make gradual changes; don’t make changes that are too drastic. If you rush things too much expecting immediate results, chances are that you are setting yourself up for failure as you will have a higher possibility of burning out. If the goal is to get physically fitter, you can start by planning 1 or 2 workouts a week first; preferably an activity that you enjoy. You can even break it down into small acts of will instead of focusing on weeks of vigilance. For example, instead of telling yourself to lose 10kgs in 6 months, tell yourself to take the stairs at work or prepare and bring a healthy lunch to work twice or thrice a week.
Once you notice some results, you will naturally be more motivated to commit more time to a healthier lifestyle.
3) TELL PEOPLE
Talk to your friends and family about your goals and your resolutions. Sometimes when you keep your goals to yourself, you tend to give yourself excuses to not do it. By telling somebody else, you have to be accountable to others – especially if the person you told is somebody close to you. You might even be able to gain valuable insights from others to help you achieve your goal.
4) DO PROPER RESEARCH
It is so much easier to gain information with today’s technology. Make sure you search for the appropriate information pertaining to your goals and talk to people with relatable expertise. That way you will be able to plan the steps to reach your goal more efficiently.
5) MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Recognize that results take time, hard work and dedication. If you have a beer belly that grew over the course of 2-5 years, don’t expect the belly fat to disappear in just 2 weeks. Be consistent, give yourself time and the results will eventually speak for themselves.
6) KNOW WHEN TO TAKE A BREAK
You’re in a marathon, not in a race. Chances are that you would want your resolutions to create habits for yourself that you will carry on for as long as possible. Therefore, you need to listen to your body sometimes and know when it’s appropriate to take a break. Being too stressed over keeping your resolutions 100% strict will wear down your willpower.
If your goal is to cut down on your daily intake of sugary drinks, instead of cutting out sugary drinks totally, you can start by limiting yourself to only 1 or 2 cans per week.
Furthermore, engaging in an activity you like to do can help to relax and recharge your willpower to work towards your goals.
So there you have it! Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope this information has helped you out!