Resolution means a firm decision to do something.
How to keep your resolution:
It’s that time of year again when most people start
thinking about all the changes they want to make in
their lives. Whether it’s a resolve to lose weight or a
desire to save money, many individuals are hoping
that 2016 will be the year that their New Year’s
But the sad reality is, most resolutions don’t last.
According to research by the University of Scranton,
25% of people can’t even make their resolution last
a week. And sadly, only 8% of people are successful
at making their New Year’s resolutions stand the
test of time.
If you’re hoping that 2016 will be the year you
actually keep your New Year’s resolution, these
strategies can help create lasting change:
1. Create a Goal, Not a Resolution
Declaring that you want to become healthier or that
you want to find a new job is a resolution. Saying
you’re going to work out at the gym three times per
week or that you’re going to apply to five jobs per
month turns those resolutions into goals. Create a
measurable goal-such as losing 30 pounds-rather
than abstract resolution-like getting in shape.
2. Don’t Start Your Goal on January 1
Too often, people establish a last minute resolution
because they’re feeling pressured to do so by the
date on calendar, not because they’re actually
committed to creating positive change. Establishing
a resolution before you’re ready only sets you up for
Change is hard and you have to be ready to do the
work. Be willing to delay your new goals until you’re
prepared to take action. Instead of forcing yourself
to commit to a goal in January, create a successful
plan for change in a few weeks-or even a few
months-down the road.
3. Outline Your Plan
Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip
that exercise class or have that piece of cake. This
could include calling on a friend for help, practising
positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself
how your “bad” will affect your goal.
4. Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List
It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep
your motivation strong. Develop this list over time,
and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with
you and refer to it when you need help keeping your
5. Talk About It
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and
family members who will be there to support your
resolve to change yourself for the better or improve
your health. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy
who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate
6. Reward Yourself
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of
chocolates if your resolution is to eat a better
diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating
yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t
contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking
to your promise to eat better, for example, reward
yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a
movie with a friend.
7. Track Your Progress
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals
are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment
will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on
losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep
a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward
yourself for each five pounds lost.
8. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you
achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and
take one day at a time.
9. Stick to It
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity
to become a habit and six months for it to become
part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight,
so be persistent and patient!
10. Keep Trying
If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to
keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t
despair. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24
hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour
increments will soon build on each other and, before
you know it, you will be back on track.
What are your 2016 goals? Share them in the
comments section below, and start getting support
Happy new year in advance from mzwemmy