One thing we all try to before the end of the year is up is writing down our new year’s resolution. Why? Because it is the end of old things and enter the new. It’s also the new year of new opportunities and activities to try out. It’s like a wholesome beginning.
However, some of us, approximately 9% of us, actually complete our new year’s resolution. I am guilty of that.
So why is it hard for us to keep our new year’s resolution? Well, in this post, I will be giving you the answer to that so you can fully understand why but most importantly how to better keep your new year’s resolution, for good! Sounds good?
Furthermore, some fundamental points will be provided as well.
Let’s get started.
Why do we not keep our new year’s resolution?
So we don’t we? There are several reasons why:
- The resolution you thought of doing was vague or unrealistic. So it was easy to stop or give up.
- Your motivation or desire wasn’t good enough to back your resolution. If you have no motivation, you have no reason to fulfill your goal.
- The habits you have currently doesn’t match your resolution. If you or your environment hasn’t changed to meet your goal, the intent will not be fulfilled.
- Distracted (or delaying) easily by your current situation.
- You’ve made too many new year’s resolutions that you can’t tackle all of them.
So as you can, these are the things that keep you from keeping up with your new year’s resolution.
Nevertheless, if you really want to keep up with your new year’s resolution, here are some significant points you need know so you can follow up and fulfill your new year’s resolution for good.
- Make Sure Your Goal(s) Are Realistic & Clear
- It Aligns With Your Values
- Make Sure It Makes You Happy
- Remove Old Habits That Do Not Correspond With Your New Goal(s)
- Be Disciplined
- Ask For Help From Friend Or Family
- Don’t Tackle On Too Much
- Making Plans is Necessary
- Go At Your Own Pace
- Make Sure It’s A Passion or Desire
- Write Down Your Journey
Let’s get started.
1. Make Sure Your Goal(s) Are Realistic & Clear
Maybe you wanted to travel in 3 months or wanted to lose 20lbs in a month. Now those aren’t bad, but make sure that it makes sense within yourself. Make sure it resonates with your lifestyle, your job, and your determination to actually do this.
For example, can you actually lose 20lbs pounds in a month? That may mean that sacrifices will have to be made. A lot of them to be exact. If this is not going to work out for you, remember you have the remaining of the 11 months to be able to lose weight. If you want to lose weight by the summer, at least stretch it to 4 months of 5 months so you can go at the pace you want. This can also help you learn the types of food to eat and the exercise you can continue to do even after you lose weight.
Overall, make sure your resolution is something that you’re willing to do and that it makes sense.
2. It Aligns With Your Values
What are your values? Honesty? Laughter? Independence? Curiosity? Whatever your preferences are, make sure they’re aligned with what you believe. If they’re not, you’re not going to do it. It’s not going to motivate you to continue with it.
What you value and what you want to accomplish this year have to come to an agreement so you can truly fulfill your new year’s resolution.
3. Make Sure It Makes You Happy
Another thing you need to pay attention to is whether this resolution is going to make you happy. Will this shift your life? Will it make your life better in the long run? Is the intention a good choice for you overall?
Ask yourself these questions and see if this resolution really the best for you.
It’s not good when you go about your fulfilling resolution frustrated (you’ll give up then!). Let your determination be because you’re willing and you have the desire for it.
4. Remove Old Habits That Do Not Correspond With Your New Goal(s)
If you’ve made the decision to pursue the resolution, the one thing you need to be concerned with is if your habits, or the environment, correspond. If they don’t, then you may need to modify your habits. For example, if you want a more eat healthy, then getting rid of junk food is the sole way of eating better, resulting in a better eating lifestyle.
5. Be Disciplined
To fulfill any sort of goal, you need to develop self-control. Better yet, discipline is one of the ways people fulfill their new year’s resolution. There are some benefits to being disciplined:
- Overcoming laziness
- Reducing Procrastination
- Get things done, you’re more productive
- You’re focused because you deem the activity as an importance task
- You reduce distractions
Plus, this type of training is not wrong. If this new goal you want to pursue makes you happy, then it’s not going to make you feel like it’s a chore, to some point. Nevertheless, focusing on the goal and being discipline, is still necessary.
6. Ask For Help From Friend Or Family
Sometimes help is needed from friends and family. Whether they’re going to be your accountability partner or support system, having a loved one by your side can really ease the goal to be fulfilled tremendously.
7. Don’t Tackle On Too Much
If you have more than one new year resolution, tackle them one or two at a time. Overall, make sure that you’re at ease with how many goals you’re handling. If you’re managing too much, then you’ll get frustrated and end up giving up.
I don’t want you to do that! Nobody got that time for stress nor difficulty! Life is already stressful as it is. Therefore, I don’t want you to be stressed, but rather enjoy your journey. So whatever you want to tackle, make sure you find yourself enjoying it in the process.
8. Making Plans is Necessary
As mentioned in the first section, your resolution has to be clear, and it’s realistic. When you have those things realized out and have a desire for it (which will be discussed in a few), setting it up is the next process. Make sure that your plans are detailed. This means that you’re going to have to:
- Know when you’re going to take action
- Know how you’re going to do it
- If there are situations that may delay your goal, make plans to alter it if necessary!
Your plans don’t have to be perfect, but it is necessary to write them down.
And this is critical to completing your new year’s resolution: Look back to your plans! Unless you remember every detail of how you’re going to fulfill your new year’s resolution, looking back into your goal is a good way to know where you are and checking on yourself too (via journaling).
9. Go At Your Own Pace
It’s the new year. There’s no reason to rush! Complete these goals at a pace of your choosing. You may learn a thing or two about yourself. As I said, nobody got that time for stress! Life is already a struggle! Enjoy the journey and learn from it at the same time.
10. Make Sure It’s A Passion or Desire
When you want to accomplish something, there should be a desire or passion. So ask yourself this: is this goal something I am aching for? Is this something I really really really want to do? Will I be happy to do this?
These are just a few questions you need to ask yourself. If you really want to accomplish this new year’s resolution, then do it, without hesitation nor regret!
11. Write Down Your Journey On Your Journal
Documenting your journey can definitely assist you during the year. Writing down important thoughts and emotions during your journey can serve you to interpret things about yourself and your intention.
There you go! All these tips will definitely help you think about how you can keep your new year’s resolution for good, one day at a time.
The new year is always an enjoyable way to start something new but going about it requires realistic beliefs of how you’re going to get it done. It’s going to start with you and end with you. So take it seriously but also enjoy it in the process.
Tell me, how are you going to get your new year’s resolution fulfilled? Let me know in the comments below!
Until Next Time,