Making New Year Resolutions go back to the Medieval times, actually before that, the Roman empire times, well actually is way before that during Babylonian civilization. We wonder if they were good at working at them and accomplishing their goals like we are (ahm ahm clears throat) in the present days. People that love number actually went through the trouble of getting the NYR stats, fun stuff. In the US, less than half of the population make NYRs (probably because there are a lot of children and people with just perfect lives). Of those that make resolutions, only eight percent are successful (le sigh) and a quarter of those that make resolutions fail (le major sigh) and the rest succeed some of the time.
The usual resolutions are divided in four groups: self-improvement related, weight related, money related, and relationship related. The top resolutions are to lose weight, to get organized, spending less while saving more, fitness and health, learning something new and exciting, quit smoking and spending more time with the family.
Now that we know that most of us have a difficult time succeeding at our NYRs we decided to find a way to help us in our journey and thought we should share. In our search we found eight simple ways to tackling it (click here to read more from the article).
- Your resolutions should be something you really want, not what you think your ideal self should want or something that fulfills someone else’s expectations.
- Don’t go crazy with a bazillion resolutions, you will only set yourself up for disappointment. Choose the top three you really want to make it obtainable.
- Don’t be vague about the resolutions you make, be specific. Set a specific goal. Don’t just say I want to lose weight, decide how many pounds.
- Once you have your list of resolutions and goal make a plan. Design long-term steps to obtain your goal.
- To obtain your goals you need to know that some changes will need to be made in your habits. You must understand that your past habits were what contributed to your current state. To make changes in a specific aspect of your life you will need to make changes in the old habits.
- Write down your goals and put them somewhere you can see them daily. Like a reminder of the better you.
- Share your resolutions with others. This will help you be motivated as well as help others help you succeed with your goals. For example, if your resolution is to eat healthier, sharing it with others will mean your friend and family will not offer to meet you at the restaurant that serves the greasiest, unhealthiest, and yummiest fries on the face of the earth, after work.
- Understand that you are human, and as a human you will make mistakes and stumble off you wagon. It’s ok. As long as you get back on it.
Remember that old habits are difficult to break, it takes time. It took time to develop them and with will take time to shade them. Be patient with yourself. Enjoy your journey. Do it with love and passion. Make it fun. At the end of the year reward yourself for your accomplishment. Actually, reward yourself every time you accomplish a step in your goal. Buy yourself some flowers that says “atta boy/girl!” Love yourself.