It has been said that it is easier to keep a New Years Resolution to NOT make a resolution, than it is to follow thru with one. Whether you decided to cut back on finances or debt, to lose those pesky pounds you put on last year or made the resolution to engage yourself into your community through volunteer work, by this time in the year, 90% of you have already lost your motivation and given up completely. Why? Why is it so hard to have success with the resolutions made for the New Year? And why do most people fail to even make that resolution?
Keeping motivated to a New Years Resolution may be one of the hardest promises to keep. It’s one you make to yourself and therefore it’s an easy one to break. The only one disappointed when you fail is you and therefore the threat of self-shame is low or at least easily forgotten. No one will be mad at you for missing a personal goal, but consistently making unfulfilled resolutions creates a closet of regret.
If you haven’t made a resolution for the New Year it’s not too late! And if you have already fallen off the resolution train, don’t fret! There is still time to get back on task and finish strong. Here are some tips from pro-resolution keepers sure to help you succeed. They include being realistic, starting small, having a motivation group, being detailed and not giving up if you fall a step behind.
As far as being realistic, this means that the goal you set for yourself should be within the realm of possible. Don’t say you are going to lose 100 pounds this year; this isn’t a realistic healthy goal. Instead, make the resolution to lose 3-4 pounds a month by exercising and healthy lifestyle choices. This is a realistic goal and one where small and slow results can add to your motivation to continue.
This leads us into starting small. If you have made the same resolution every year for the past ten years to devote time to volunteer within your community 25 hours a month, but have yet to make the commitment, then start small. Start with the resolution to devote one hour a week! Whether you decide to read to kids at a local elementary school, or volunteer at the local animal shelter, start with the simple goal. You can always do more to achieve your resolution or expand it but small steps can lead to big results.
Have a Motivation Group-
“It takes a village.” This sentiment rings true for helping one to keep their resolutions. Going the road alone is sometimes too overwhelming, so joining a group of similar minded, or similar resolution setters is a great way to stay motivated. If you set a New Years Resolution to lose weight, it would be helpful to join a weight loss group. The group will help you to stay on task while providing accountability. Or if you make a goal to volunteer in your community, make it a twice as nice and bring a friend!
The more planning that goes into your resolution the more likely you are to succeed. According to experts, goal setting is a process; you need to outline a goal as you would a story. Answer the six time-honored questions, who, what, where, when, why and how? Why is an important part of goal setting. Remembering why you want to achieve something can have great impact on if you succeed.
Don’t Give Up-
Just because you had a lapse and didn’t lose a pound this week, it doesn’t mean you should throw your resolution out the window! Expect to fail, no one is perfect and therefore keeping your New Years Resolution isn’t going to be smooth sailing the whole time. There needs to be a margin of error. Clear your head and start again. Make a mental note of what caused you to veer from your goal and fix it! No resolution is fail proof, but being willing to start again is.
If you follow these tips you will be reaching your resolution goal in no time! If you haven’t set a New Years Resolution for 2016 yet you now have the tools to set a resolution goal into action. Just remember, if you continue the road forward you will be sure to move ahead! +