Many people around the world are probably getting their New Year’s resolutions ready so that they can put it to action on January 1, 2015. If you are like me, you will write down your top 10 resolutions to implement and by the time February rolls around, you forget what your resolutions even were. However, I have learned a few tricks of the trade to help me stick to them.
Usually, only 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and only 8% are ever successful at achieving them. Following is a list of the top ten New Year’s Resolutions for 2014:
- Lose weight
- Getting organized
- Spend less, save more
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Staying fit and healthy
- Learn something exciting
- Quit smoking
- Help others in their dreams
- Fall in love
- Spend more time with family
I am certain that there are a couple of things on this list that may ring true for you as well. Or maybe not. Whatever your goals, dreams, aspirations, or resolutions may be, we all have them. We may not write them down or tell others about them, but deep down inside we all want to be better at something(s).
Below is a list of four things you can do to help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015:
- The important thing is to choose things that are important for you, and not what others think are important and expect of you. The fear of failure causes most of us to avoid setting any resolutions at all, thereby, making us give up entirely. However, if we actually believe in what we are trying to resolve ourselves to do, it would be fun instead of a drag. We will be motivated by the simple fact that we want to accomplish something good for ourselves and/or for others.
- Remember to break down large goals into smaller ones. Take baby steps instead of giant leaps. You are more prone to follow through when the steps are incremental.
- Research shows us that it takes approximately twenty-one days to build a habit. If you can teach yourself to do something over and over again for twenty-one days straight, your mind will adapt it to being a natural part of your routine.
- Make sure to make your goals specific instead of vague. Instead of saying you will lose weight, try stating that you will lose ten pounds in two months. The latter gives you a clearer picture of what you must do within a time limit to get it done.
By following the guidelines above, it would be easier to successfully accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.
So tell me, what are your New Year’s resolutions? Share your goals, plans, tips below and let’s pledge to a bright and fruitful New Year!