Five Tips for Sticking to your New Year's Revolution
Five Tips for Sticking to your New Year's Revolution
By Simon Thompson
As January comes to an end the old saying that forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest is becoming painfully true. If sticking to your New Year’s resolutions has become more of a burden than the exciting challenge it was still only a few weeks ago, then it is time to rethink your strategies. According to FranklinCovey who surveyed over 15,000 customers, one third will break their resolution in January and only one in five will actually make it to the end. So what can you do to achieve your goals for the New Year?
1. Short-term goals
Twelve months may feel like eternity so why would you not trick your brain into thinking it is much less? ‘I will achieve better grades’ is too vague of a resolution. Think of your goal as a set of smaller and easier goals. ‘This week I will spend at least 10 hours studying’ is not only a plan that you can grasp more easily but the time it takes is less overwhelming than a year.
Obviously the biggest reward you can get is sticking to your resolution for the whole year (or maybe more!). But again, this is a rather distant perspective. If you want to stay motivated you need other forms of encouragement as well. Suppose your resolution is to eat healthy - come up with an idea of a reward you will get after two weeks of sticking to the new diet. It can be anything from going out or buying yourself a little gift.
Do you know anybody who has made a New Year’s resolution too? It is always a good idea to team up and support each other. If you ever feel tempted by the deceptively pleasurable scent of junk food, instead of thinking about it, talk about it! Your friends will surely do their best to help you stick to your resolution. Offering them your support brings mutual benefits – you start to think more positively about the challenges you are facing.
Sometimes you may feel so frustrated that you just want to break the resolution and be free again. If you are haunted by the thoughts about how difficult your goal is you probably have too much free time. Write a diary, do some jogging, read a book, collect stamps – whatever floats your boat, go for it!
5. Just in case you break it…
Although you should not even think about not succeeding with your resolution, the statistics shows the failure is more likely to happen than not. The worst thing you can do after breaking your resolution is to come back to your old habits. It is true that by the end of the year you will not have had 365 days of sticking to your resolution but 364 is quite an impressive number too!
Making resolutions is certainly a lot easier than sticking to them. The latter, however, is not impossible and if you develop the right strategy and finally succeed you will never regret the effort you have put in it.
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