Keeping Those Resolutions
That time of year has once again arrived. It’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions. Do you ever wonder why the New Year brings with it the opportunity to look forward and make needed changes in your life?
Historians believe the act of making New Year’s Resolutions was originally created by Julius Ceaser as a way to honor the mythical Roman god Janus. The god Janus had two faces. This allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.
This of course perfectly exemplifies what we do when we make our New Year’s Resolution. We look forward and make plans for improving our lives while noting what went right and thus could be built upon from the previous year. Unfortunately, of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions, only 8% actually keep them. Thankfully, there are some ways you can increase your chances of turning your resolution into a new habit.
Keep it Simple:
When considering your list of resolutions, don’t go overboard. Most lists begin with losing weight or trying to live a healthier life. This is a great goal. However, combining this with a bucket list type of items can become overwhelming. Remember, make your list feasible. If you can actually accomplish something on your resolution list, it will help you continue to make your way through your remaining goals.
While a goal of being healthier is great as we just mentioned, you actually need to define your goals more specifically. For example, you might simply say, you want to lose weight. Well, what does that look like to you? Instead, why not make a resolution to give up sugary drinks and to start an exercise regimen at a local gym? This transforms your abstract goal into manageable, actionable tasks. John Norcross of the University of Scranton said the following about poorly defined goals:
“We say if you can’t measure it, it’s not a very good resolution because vague goals beget vague resolutions.”
Track Your Progress:
Another way you can give yourself a better shot at keeping your resolutions is to track your progress. You can do this several ways. You can chronicle your progress by writing stats on a board or by starting a blog where you regularly post updates on your progress. The idea is to be reminded of your goals visually. If you don’t actually write them down anywhere, it will be all too easy to forget what you resolved to do.
Keep Believing & Surround Yourself With Other Believers:
The most important way to complete your New Year’s Resolutions is to keep believing you can. Even if you face periodic setbacks throughout the year, don’t give up. Just start over anew. The main goal is to always believe you can achieve your goal. Surround yourself with companions who will keep you accountable and offer encouragement when the going gets tough around March. Whatever you do, don’t stop moving forward!