Everyone loves making New Year’s resolutions. It’s a tradition that has gone on since we were kids. Whether it’s the perennial resolution of losing weight, or finally learning how to cook, New Year’s resolutions come varied. Each resolution is different from the next.
But they all have one thing in common once the new year hits. We all try our best to stick to them.
It’s easier said than done, however. Most resolutions fade by February, and we’re all back to our old routines. The lucky ones are able to follow through on their promises. For the rest of us, there are a few pointers we have to consider. We all want to make good on our resolutions.
We’ve come up with a few tips to consider when making New Year’s resolutions and trying to keep them. If you follow these recommendations, your chances of success increase exponentially.
Ring in the New Year motivated to work hard for the next 12 months. You owe it to yourself to have an amazing 2020.
Today, Evolve Daily shares five tips that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions in 2020.
1) Differentiate between short term and long term goals
Admittedly, we often get this mixed up. When you set lofty and ambitious goals, they are usually for the long term. Most people forget about the short term goals that make reaching the long term goals possible.
The aim for you should be consistency. Set small, workable, short term goals that you can accomplish with small steps. The more you tick the boxes on these short term goals, the closer you get to reaching those long term goals.
Proper goal setting is important. This is an exercise we must all learn. Furthermore, goals need to be specific and measurable. That way, you can make sure you are progressing.
If you want to lose weight, for example, don’t just say you are going to lose 30 pounds in six months. Say you’ll lose 5 pounds every month, 1.25 pounds a week, and build from there. Don’t be afraid to adjust your goals and parameters too.
Keep a goal or activity log, so you know where you are at all times.
2) Be realistic
Aside from setting short term and long term goals, another key factor in your success will be setting realistic goals. You need to learn how to adapt your goals according to your lifestyle. When we set unrealistic goals, we tend to lose motivation. Be honest with yourself, and consider your time and resources.
Now that you know what you want to achieve, make sure you also set a realistic timeline. Give yourself enough time and space to work on achieving your goals. Make an action plan with a flexible schedule. This should help you lay down your pathway to success.
Most often, people set very lofty and unrealistic New Year’s resolutions. If you’re doing this, you’re setting yourself up for failure and disappointment. Take a long hard look and analyze your life, then you can intelligently decide where you want to be in life, how you’re going to do it, and how long it will take you to get there.
3) Be patient
With New Year’s resolutions, patience is a virtue. Most people expect quick results, and when they don’t get them, they tend to lose interest and motivation. This is the perennial pitfall of resolutions.
Just remember that everything worthwhile is worth waiting for. If you want something, don’t be afraid to go slow to get it. You don’t have to have it right away. Having patience will also help you understand that it takes time to see results.
Making life changes and deviating from your daily routine is difficult. For example, if you’re in the gym, don’t stress too much on how tired you feel after a session. Instead, focus on how it helped bring you one step closer to your ultimate goal.
Like a cliche, it’s about the journey and not the destination. Trust and believe in the process, and the results will show. If you’re patient and stay disciplined, there is no doubt you’ll achieve what you set out to do.
4) Always remember your “why”
Along the way, things will get difficult. Your mind will try to convince you to quit. With this, you must resist the urge to quit. Always remember why you’re doing this in the first place, and what you hope to get out of it.
When making New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to list down your whys someplace where you can look back to if you need to. Keep a journal of your resolutions, don’t just take a mental note of them.
By keeping physical track of them, they will be easier to achieve because it’s more tangible. Whenever you’re feeling down, or it seems impossible to reach your goals, pull out those resolutions, and remind yourself of your mission. You’ll reinvigorate and remotivate yourself, and come out at the other end of the tunnel with renewed vision.
Most of the resistance happens within your own mind. So stay strong, stay consistent, and keep hacking away at your goals. By the end of the year, you should be close to reaching them all.
5) Make to-do lists
Last but certainly not least, make daily “To-Do Lists”.
This is very important. According to studies, about 15% of people who make to-do lists will even write things down that they have already achieved, just because it feels good to check off the boxes. It’s all about giving yourself a sense of being productive.
Don’t make long to-do lists. Just keep it simple and make a to-do list of tasks you have to complete for the day. That way, you’re not putting off the harder tasks and just trying to complete the easier ones.
Then strive to complete everything on your list.
Hopefully, by the end of the year, we will all have success with our resolutions. Happy New Year 2020!