According to researches, about 70% of American makes new resolutions every year and only 10% of them actually keep it to the very end. That’s to tell how excited and eager we can be in making new resolutions. Though is not bad making new resolutions but keeping them is the major thing that a lot of us fall short of. The following tips however revealed important steps that will help you keep to your new year resolution this 2016.
- Know what you really want: You should ask yourself what exactly you want to change and why you are making the resolutions. This will make you think deeply on what you really need to change and not what anybody says you need. Knowing what you want will help you see reasons with the determination you need to achieve it.
- Be realistic: As much as you desire to change so many things about yourself, don’t try to set many goals that you won’t be able to keep; rather set realizable goals that will be very easy for you. For instance, you want to lose weight and you are size 20, then plan to be size 8 0r 6 by the end of this year. That can be too harsh and you may even end up crushing yourself rather than achieving the set priority.
- Talk about it: In as much as it is best to keep it from everybody, it is also good to let friends and family members know about it, so they can help check your progress together. You can also get a buddy that has similar goals with yours to help oversee how well you are doing and you will also be accountable to too.
- Be specific: Make a specific goal, come up with specific actions to take to reach that goal, and follow through with those actions. Don’t say ‘To lose weight’, ‘Save more money’. That is not specific enough. You need to spell out what you want to achieve at the end of the year and outline specific steps you need to take to attain your goals. Like changing your diet, you make have to know the food item you need to change and how to go about incorporating into your daily routine.
- Keep track of your progress: If you have created specific goals, then getting positive reinforcement should be easy. Every time your check each one of those goals—even if it’s just a daily goal—mark it off on a checklist or calendar. That way, you will be sure you are making progress
- Visualize it: Writing and visualizing are effective tools for fulfilling a goal because they fix it firmly in the subconscious. And if you write down your goals, put them in a prominent place where you’ll view them frequently, such as on the fridge or on your desk. This way, you can be sure of getting familiar with your and a sure way to achieve it.
- Don’t give up: Do have it at the back of your mind that you cannot be completely perfect, there may be slip- up along the way and that you should not make you to give up. When this happens, you will need to draw on your reserves of self-belief and strength, so build these qualities as often as you can. That you fail a particular task or unable to meet up with what you’ve planned is not enough to get angry or hate yourself. All you need to do, is to forgive yourself and say to yourself I’m starting again
- Reward yourself: Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days. After that you can probably reward yourself once a week with whatever makes you tick. Later you can change the rewards to monthly and then at the end of the year you can pick an anniversary reward. Something that you will look forward to. You deserve it and you’ll have earned it.