Didn’t it seem like it was just New Year’s Day the other day? And now one month of the year is over already! Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? If so, I hope that you are well on your way to keeping them. If not, and you need a little motivation to help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, this blog post is for you.
Now, why should you make resolutions in the first place? I know many people give up on making them because it seems so hard to keep them. Well, firstly, making resolutions helps you to be organized, helps you to stay on track and be more disciplined. Making resolutions gives you motivation and something to look forward to. Once you keep track and you actually accomplish one of your goals, it gives you a sense of accomplishment. It is also quite useful in tracking your personal growth.
So how do we keep our New Year’s Resolutions, or just goals in general?
First of all, I would suggest that you keep a positive mindset. Tell yourself from the start that you WILL keep your New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t think of it negatively. Maybe you did not keep them last year or years before, but this is a new year. Each day is a new opportunity to accomplish your goals and make yourself proud.
Here are 10 ways to keep your New Year’s Resolutions (or just goals):
- Record them – Make a note of whatever goals that you wish to accomplish. You may think that you have a very good memory – which may be true – but you may forget. And it’s a good way of keeping track of what you need to do each day.
- Set a reminder on your phone – You can use your “Notes” or whatever applications you have that would alarm and keep you on track. Each day, set a reminder as to what you need to accomplish. It may be a daily, weekly or even monthly reminder. You would know how often you need to remind yourself to get your tasks done.
- Have a friend help you – Let others know what you are doing. The more people who know, the more of a support system you would have to keep you on track and give you the motivation you need to accomplish each one of your goals.
- Have a serious conversation with yourself – You need to speak to yourself seriously and tell yourself “Look, I need to do what I need to do to accomplish my goals.” But at the same time, don’t be too hard on yourself. We are all humans, we all make mistakes, and sometimes we don’t feel like doing things. But at those times, you need to give yourself the extra push to make sure that you do what you need to do.
- Make realistic goals – Don’t make goals that you know are impossible to accomplish or just too difficult for you to do at this point in your life. Make them possible to achieve. Don’t overwhelm yourself with unrealistic expectations.
- Don’t make too many goals/resolutions – The more you make, the more overwhelming it may seem. I know from personal experience. Just from writing up simple ‘To Do’ lists, I write too many sometimes and looking at the whole list of so many things to do can be very overwhelming.
- Break each goal into smaller, achievable sub-goals – Similar to point No. 2, set a daily, weekly or monthly reminder for each goal and sub-goal. Each time you accomplish a sub-goal this gets you closer to accomplishing your main goal.
- After accomplishing a goal, mark it off your list – Draw a nice big line through it. It will give you such a feeling of relief and it will make you so proud of yourself when you actually see the proof that you have attained the goal that you wanted from the start.
- Reward yourself after accomplishing a goal – Yes, treat yourself to something nice. Maybe you haven’t done one of your favourite hobbies in a long time; you can spend some time doing that. Just take a little break and treat yourself every now and then.
- Stay away from negative people – You know there are always those who want to pull us down and make us seem rather foolish for doing things that they aren’t doing. Many people do not make resolutions and they have their own philosophies as to why. Perhaps they are just lazy or indisciplined. But you don’t want those sorts of people around you to negatively affect you and make you feel like what you are doing is a waste of time. Because it is not.
It is never too late or too early or too inconvenient to try and improve yourself. In accomplishing each of your goals, that is what you are doing – you are trying to make yourself a better person, a better you. So get rid of the negative people, the naysayers, and find yourself a crowd of people or a few people, or maybe even one friend who is a positive influence in your life. Find someone who would support you and encourage you to continue along your path. Someone who is probably already trying to keep his or her resolutions.
Above all, try not to stress. They are only resolutions – goals that you set for yourself. It’s not a test or an exam. They are just tasks that will help you along your way in life to make yourself better, to make your life easier and happier, and make other people’s lives easier and happier. So don’t stress. Have patience with yourself.
Hopefully, one of these ten or maybe all ten of these ways may help you keep your resolutions. If so let me know in the comments below.
All the best in keeping your resolutions. Thanks for reading!
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