So today is January 1, 2019 and most of us will have woken a little later than usual, having drunk too much alcohol and overeaten the day before. The other thing that many people will have in common is that they will have made either a few, or a stack, of New Year resolutions, but will they keep any of them? Achieving Your New Year Resolutions can be easy if you take some hints.
The end of a year finishes with Christmas and a flurry of over spending, and over indulgences in general. The final nail in the year’s coffin is New Year’s eve when people often get a little nostalgic and sentimental, and tend to take stock of their lives. With this in mind it seems a perfect time to start afresh and plan a New Year that will be different from the previous year. However, although making resolutions at this time of year is easy, it is not quite so easy to keep them. So here are a few tips, learnt from personal experience on the whole, which may help you stick to your New Year resolutions.
Achieving Your New Year Resolutions: Get Real
You know yourself better than anyone else in this world. This means that deep down you know what resolutions you have a chance of keeping and what are important to you. Make sure that your New Year resolutions are realistic and within your capabilities. It is fine to dream, and occasionally reach for the sky, but if you seriously want your resolutions to succeed they need to be attainable. For example, do not resolve to be a millionaire before next Christmas as it is 99.9% certain that you are setting yourself up to fail. Unless of course you are developing a new business venture that is destined for success. Of course for most of this is not the case, but you see my point.
Achieving Your New Year Resolutions: Relevant To You
Your resolutions are personal and so should be relevant to you. Perhaps you have always wanted to give up smoking and just need an incentive, such as New Year, to do the deed. On the other hand you may resolve to change job if you are underpaid or undervalued. This firm resolution may kick you into action. Really think about what has troubled you in the last year or been unsatisfactory and consider if it is possible to change anything. I am afraid that it is a sad fact of life that now and then there may be something in your life that cannot be changed. In this case ‘What can’t be cured must be endured’, as they say. However do not be defeatist as most situations can be improved upon on.
Achieving Your New Year Resolutions: Be Positive
It is very easy when you are taking a reality check to only see the negative aspects of your life and end up feeling depressed and a failure. However this is not really true of anyone. Think about your achievements as well as those areas of your life that still need improvement.
Make sure that your resolutions arise out of a need for change. For example, why do you want to stop smoking?. It could be to improve your health or finances or some reason more personal. Just setting yourself meaningless resolutions because others have or you feel a need to is silly. Either way you will find it hard to stick to them.
Achieving Your New Year Resolutions: Put Pen To Paper
Either right down your new year’s resolutions or keep a note of them, such as on your computer. This will mean that you can review these resolutions later in the year. You may find that, although you have not fully achieved your aims, you have gone part of the way towards victory. Seeing your optimistic hopes for the coming year in black and white may even spur you on further to completing the task in hand.
Sometimes when you look back at something a few months down the road, such as New Year’s resolutions, you may wonder why you actually made some, or all of them. Perhaps they will refer to something which was troubling you but either is now resolved or turned out to be insignificant in the end.
Achieving Your New Year Resolutions: Why Bother
This tends to be my opinion, now that I am a little older. Nine times out of ten people do not keep their resolutions, do not take them seriously and just think of them as a bit of fun. If you really want to change you, or aspects of your life, you can do that at any time of year. However I can see why people think of a new year and a new start, and so choose New Year to make life changing resolutions.
Achieving Your New Year Resolutions: When To Make New Year’s Resolutions
Obviously you will be making New year resolutions at New Year but if you are making serious ones consider what is the best time to put your resolutions to yourself. When you are either a little intoxicated, or completely legless, is not a good time. If you are out partying, having a ball and plenty of fun, I would say that this time is inappropriate also.
Try to ponder what you want to address about your life in a quiet thoughtful way. Probably when you are alone is best. This way you can consider your chances of success and the like and make sure that your resolutions are pertinent.
Achieving Your New Year Resolutions: To Share Or Not To Share, That Is The Question
This really depends on you as an individual. Many people find that their resolutions are more successful if they have friends and family on board. With all these people knowing what you are trying to achieve you may have more chance of staying determined and succeeding.
However, on the other hand, people knowing your New Year resolutions can be counter productive. You may find that you constantly have someone saying to you ‘I thought you made a New Year resolution to diet’, or the like. This can apply undue pressure and guarantee that you fail.
So, overall, you know yourself, your friends, colleagues and family best. Decide whether or not to share your plans, depending on your personal situation, and close people.
A Diary Or A Log
Serious resolutions can benefit if you keep a diary or log detailing your highs and lows. This can help you stay focused and assess your strengths and weaknesses, plus your successes and or failures.
Try not to take yourself, and you New Year resolutions, too seriously. You set the target by choice and if you fail, so what?. You can always try again and maybe this first attempt will help you realise what needs to be done the next time in order to succeed. As human beings we sometimes fail but we are resilient and, anything that is worth it’s salt, is worth a little effort and fighting for.
Happy New Year.