It’s a new day and an entirely new year. As the saying goes new year new possibilities. That time of the year when we are (almost) driven to take a fresh look at where we stand in our lives currently and where we would like to be, come the next year. It is also the time when people make New Year’s resolutions and set goals for the New Year. In fact, the majority of us stand up to the task and sign up for a resolution for a new year usually (45%) or at least, infrequently (17%).
New Year Resolutions
So, what is your new year’s resolution going to be this year? Confused? Not decided yet? Well, here are some good new year’s resolutions ideas that will help you. Take a look!
List of Best New Year Resolutions
Stats show that most of the New Year resolutions can be categorized as 4 types – Self-improvement or education related, Weight related, Money related and Relationship related resolutions. Some of the most common and popular new year resolutions, that people took up last year are -:
– Lose Weight
– Save More, Spend Less
– Live Life to the Fullest
– Quite Smoking
– Fall in Love/Get Married
– Spend More Time with Family
As you can see, each one of them is genuinely important in its own way and if fulfilled, can easily have a lasting impact on our lives. So, why wait? If you are not happy with your life, New Year’s is the time you can start things over. If things are already going great for you, New Year’s is the time when you can make them even better! There is simply no reason to avoid making new year’s resolutions in my honest opinion.
But how does one make a new year’s resolution come true? Is it as simple as merely conjuring up a new year promise? Certainly not. A study conducted by the Scranton University on Clinical Psychology revealed that as little as only 8% of people who make a new years resolution are able to maintain or fulfill it! What gives, right?
Well. First of all, the fact of the matter is that most of the people tend to take it very lightly. Consequently, most people fail. The Scranton University study also went on to show that people who explicitly made new year resolutions, were 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who didn’t. This is but one of the many factors that can be held responsible for a true and successful accomplishment of your new year goals. The following section describes “how” exactly you can achieve the new year’s resolutions that you set for yourself.
How to Achieve New Year’s Goals
1) Take Short but Focused Steps – Try breaking up your new year’s goals into a series of short but exclusively focused steps. That way, you are bound to not lose sight of your ultimate goal and never going to lose focus or give up, just because you got weary of the constant striving. This will also help you keep a tab on how close or far you are, from your actual goal.
2) One Resolution at a Time – It is perfectly all right to take up only one resolution for a whole year. You can choose only that new year goal which you find most urgent or enticing. When you have only one task to concentrate upon, you will invariably channel your energy and ability to fulfill it in the best possible way as opposed to diverting your attention to various other goals.
3) Go Easy on Yourself – At times, people tend to set up extremely strict boundaries for themselves which they almost always fail to maintain. You must understand that habits are hard to change, especially the bad ones. Instead of going hard on yourself and proclaiming that “you are never going to have sweets again”, try setting up your new years resolution as “you are never going to have sweets, except on special occasions”.
4) Be Positive – Whenever you find your will power dwindling, try to remember the great results that fulfilling your new years goals are going to bring about. Try to take strength from other walks of your life where you have achieved extraordinary results, merely by attempting harder than usual. Remember when you gave up smoking, only because your then girlfriend did not like you inhaling all that smoke?
5) Involve Others – Get your loved ones (friends and family, alike) to support you through your journey. Ask them to nudge or even poke you, when you seem to falter. Set a reminder for yourself (literally. Use your phone if you have to!) that you have to attain this much of your new year goal, in this much time. You will find that a little help from others is all you need to be truly on your way to accomplishing those tough-looking new years resolutions.
6) Write Down Your Goals – Keeping a journal that lists all your achievements so far and the ones that need to be accomplished later, goes a long way in getting the desired results. Review the journal constantly and make the necessary adjustments to get closer to your new years goals, accordingly. Additionally, you can also share your resolutions with some of your best mates or partners. They will invariably provide you with valuable feedback and the sense of accomplishment, on getting to your set goals.
With these essential steps that detail how to make a resolution for a new year, you are almost certain to achieve positive results. To make your job easier, here are a few extremely useful tips and tricks from some of the “successful” new year resolution makers that I know of.
Tips to Make Your New Year Resolutions a Success
Tip #1: Make a realistic resolution.
Tip #2: Make a “Pros” and “Cons” list of pursuing and fulfilling a new year’s resolution.
Tip #3: Reward yourself as you accomplish a minor/major goal towards the ultimate goal.
Tip #4: Avoid previous resolutions.
Tip #5: Track your progress.
Tip #6: Talk of your achievements or setbacks with friends and family.
Tip #7: Always plan ahead keeping in mind the time it is going to take you to fulfil a particular new year promise.
Tip #8: Don’t take up “popular” new year’s resolution. Instead, choose what will be the best for you in the coming year.
Tip #9: Expect to falter a little every now and then. Try not to beat yourself about it and move on, stronger than before.
Tip #10: Keep trying.
After all is said and done, it’s time to face the fact. Most of us are going to make resolutions for a new year; and most of us (as many as 1 out of 10 people) are going to fail. It is entirely up to you whether you want to be that one out of ten persons or not. Fulfilling a new year’s resolution produces incredible results undoubtedly, but it also demands hard work, patience and persistence.
There is a reason why only 8% of people who make a new year’s resolution are able to accomplish it. I, through this article, have tried to help you prepare better for the upcoming year and setting new years goals. But it will depend on how well you are able to encompass all these life lessons, tips and tricks in your quest to alter your life for good. Whatever happens, remember, at least nobody will be able to blame you for the lack of trying!
So having said that, What’s your new years resolution? What do you plan to do to stay on track?