What are your New Year Resolutions? Do you aim to get your dream job, start eating healthier, or be more adventurous in your day-to-day choices?
Well, now that 2016 is here, it’s time to stop thinking and start acting on your resolutions. This is your chance to make 2016 the greatest year ever!
Today, Evolve Daily reveals How to Guarantee Success for Your New Year Resolutions:
1) Develop good habits
According to one study, it takes around 66 days to form a habit. Habits create momentum in your life. By repeating an action until it becomes an engrained habit, you will soon stop debating and procrastinating. “MAKE IT A HABIT” is your mantra for 2016! Your life is the sum of your choices and habits. How you feel and look, as well as view your life, is all determined by what you keep doing day after day.
Want to lose 5kg? Make it a habit to work out regularly.
Want to go on that dream vacation? Make it a habit to save money.
Want to spend more time with your loved ones? Make it a habit to manage your time properly.
Do it 66 days in a row and it will become a habit. It will become a part of your daily life and routine. You won’t stop to debate or procrastinate. You will simply be pulled by the momentum of habit to crush your New Year Resolutions!
We believe that you’ll be able to take control of your life once you take control of your habits. That’s why we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to create good habits.
The next 6 points are some great habits that we think can help guarantee success for your resolutions.
2) Plan things on a daily basis
You might feel that planning on a daily basis is tedious, but we promise you it’s worth it! And you don’t have to spend too much time on it – 15 to 20 minutes a day is sufficient because you don’t need to write up long, detailed plans. You can keep them short and sweet, and they’ll still be a good enough guide for you to take action.
Research has shown that motivation alone isn’t enough for consistent action, as it’s short-lived. Hence, it is crucial to have a plan which outlines exactly how and when you’ll take action to achieve your goals.
3) Step out of your comfort zone
It can sometimes be scary to venture into the unknown, especially when you’re unsure of the outcome. But trust us when we say that all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage to make the decision to punch fear in the face and take a leap of faith.
Scared of heights? Bungee jump. Intimidated by long distance runs? Sign up for that 10km obstacle course race. By constantly wandering outside your comfort zone, you’re expanding your horizons, and as a result, becoming a bolder individual. This newfound courage would definitely help you take the necessary risks to make those resolutions come true.
Go on, do one thing every day that scares you, and watch magic happen.
4) Celebrate your victories (however small they may seem)
When you find that you’re making good progress with your resolutions, treat yourself to a nice meal or get that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing – you earned it!
By rewarding yourself, you’re recognizing your own effort and progress. Also, you’ll be more driven to accomplish what you set out to do when you have a reward in mind.
Of course, moderation is key here. So don’t stuff yourself with 3 consecutive junk meals after you’ve worked so hard to eat healthy for 3 weeks! Instead, allow yourself to have that occasional burger or ice cream.
5) Keep tabs on your progress
Take some time to monitor your progress, so that you can ensure you’re on the right path – the one that takes you closer to achieving success with your resolutions.
Besides helping you to see how far you’ve come, tracking your progress is one way to evaluate what works and what doesn’t. For example, if you’re a morning person and manage to start every day with an intense hour at the gym, that’s working out in your favor. On the other hand, if you were too ambitious, break down your long-term goal into more manageable short-term ones which will lead you to the biggest one.
From your reflection and evaluation, you can then continue to do what works as well as find new ways to improve your plan so you make even more progress.
6) Share your successes and struggles
There will be moments when you feel extra unmotivated, or even worse – think about giving up. That’s why we believe it’s important to surround yourself with family or friends who are supportive. When you share your victories with them, they’ll celebrate with you; and when you’re facing any problems, they’ll be there to give you advice and spur you on.
It would be ideal to find a friend who has common resolutions with you, so you can motivate each other to eat healthier or regularly attend martial arts classes together!
7) Be kind to yourself
Positive self-talk plays a major role in fulfilling your New Year resolutions. It is important for you to form a habit of saying one nice thing to yourself daily, because let’s face it – you’re ultimately the one who has great resolutions to fulfil and if you aren’t going to believe in yourself, who else will?
Don’t beat yourself up if you slip occasionally. Harping on where you went wrong and feeling sorry for yourself would do nothing but keep you further from your goals. Instead, figure out how you can get back on track and more importantly, remember why you made those resolutions in the first place. This would help you stay focused on your goals so you don’t give up easily.
Are you ready to unleash greatness this 2016? We believe you have the power within you to cultivate the good habits which will ultimately bring you success. What are you waiting for, make this your best year yet!
Psst! Do you know that martial arts can help you to achieve your dreams? Why not sign up for a class today and get closer to fulfilling those goals!