When the new year rolls around, we all try to put our best foot forward and try to stick to our long list of new year resolutions. But sooner or later, we all abandon our resolutions and go back to our old ways. There are only a few who actually stick to their resolutions and attain the goals they set out for. We all want to achieve these goals but we somehow don’t find the motivation to do so. So how do we stay motivated and inspired enough to actually stick to our goals?
Pick an attainable goal
When setting your resolutions for the year, think of what you really want to and need to do. Write those down at the top of a sheet. Now choose one that is most important to you and one that can be attained - this can be learning a new language, a new skill or simply getting fit. Select 1 or at most 2 large goals that you can stick to.
Break ‘em down
Now that you have selected your main goals, you have to start working towards them. To do this, first break down the resolution into smaller goals. For example, if you want to learn a new language, you can first start practising how to speak and then master the writing part. If it is for getting fit, figure out how you want to start. Getting fit is all about eating healthy and exercising regularly. So, figure out how
One tiny step at a time
Now that you know what your smaller goals are you can start working towards them. Say for example you want to get fit. Your short-term goals would be to eat healthily and to start exercising. Break these goals into smaller steps. Eating healthy could begin with making small but healthier dietary choices - choosing to have yoghurt instead of ice cream, drinking 2 litres of water every day, etc. Exercising could begin by getting active for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a week.
When starting a new habit, it is always easier when you have a partner to accompany you on this journey. Choose a partner whom you think can indeed motivate you to stick to your new routine. Discuss with your teammates about why exactly you took up these resolutions so that you can remind each other from time to time (they have to be strong reasons for this to work). Even if you don’t have the same goals, you could always keep track of how well they are doing with their resolutions. When you have to report to someone about it, sticking to your plan becomes more likely. The number of people you talk to about your plans, the harder it gets to abandon your resolutions.
Go easy on yourself
At the end of the day, we are all humans. When we make plans to completely eliminate coffee when we once used to have 5 cups a day, it can cause some rather horrible withdrawal symptoms. So, instead of beating yourself up for not being able to quit, talk to somebody about it. You can always find help when you seek it. You will be able to get expert advice on how to stop drinking coffee - like gradually reduce the number of cups rather than a sudden elimination.
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