by Phyllis T.
If you think New Year’s resolutions are about making a list, think again. New Year’s resolution is a commitment to reflect upon self-improvement yearly.
‘New Year, New You’ doesn’t necessarily mean to transform yourself entirely, but to build a better version of yourself.
Only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. A staggering 80% fail to achieve them by February. Don’t miss these four simple secrets that will make your New Year’s resolutions stick.
You Reap What You Sow
The most accomplished people in the world and in recorded history did not set out to succeed at first. Think Steve Jobs or Walt Disney. They realised that there is not one straight path forward. They started by making little adjustments or improvements. The drive to constantly improve on things snowballed.
Research has shown that successful people have a routine in place to accomplish their goals and optimise their lives. Moreover, they are successful because they put their mind to everything they set out to do.
Where Did New Year's Resolutions Originate From?
- Roughly 4,000 years ago, New Year’s Day was a time Babylonians made vows of debt repayment to their gods.
- A few centuries later, Roman worshippers offered resolutions of good conduct to the god Janus. Thus the month ‘January’ is named after him.
- At Covenant Renewal Services or Watch Night services, Christians pray and make resolutions to prepare for the year ahead.
- During the Jewish New Year, people atone for their wrongdoings over the year and seek to forgiveness.
Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits
Success does not happen with the flip of a switch, instead, it hinges on the actions we take. It starts with a few conscious shifts: the improvement of one’s mind, lifestyle, habits, and character through self-motivation and sheer willpower.
Even if you improve by 1% everyday, you will improve by 365% in a year. This New Year 2018, know that the changes you can make in a year, however minuscule, accumulates into a giant positive transformation.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions That Fail
1. Eat healthier
2. Lose weight and exercise more
3. Save more and spend less
4. Learn something new
5. Quit smoking
6. Cut down TV time and social media time, and read more
7. Find another job
8. Travel more
9. Drink less alcohol
10. Spend more time with family and friends
4 Simple Strategies To Make This New Year's Resolution Stick
1. Start small
Make your resolutions revolve around small changes. Begin with smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based.
For example, if you want to lose weight, set a realistic weight-loss goal every week and pay attention to your eating habits.
2. Remind yourself daily
Making promises at the start of the calendar year is not enough. Set clear goals each day and keep your eyes on the prize.
For example, if you want to quit smoking, write down your goals every day at the beginning of the day and consciously stick to them every time.
3. Change one habit at a time
A habit is formed if you make something stick after practicing it for 21 days. Small behavioural changes at a time increase the likelihood of creating a new lifelong routine.
For instance, if you want to read more, start reading 30 minutes a day. Alas, you’ll complete the book that you bought a year ago in a few weeks.
4. Be realistic
Set attainable goals you know you can achieve. Figure out what you actually want to accomplish; don’t set goals just because you think they sound good to other people.
For instance, if you want to learn kickboxing, join a training class weekly as practice makes perfect.
You may find yourself accidentally skipping a routine from time to time. Practice self-forgiveness and shake it off right away. Did you keep your last year’s resolutions? What helped?
As long as you pick up where you left off and follow your plan, you’ll be alright! Are you ready to make 2018 your best year ever? What are your New Year’s resolutions?
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