Every January 1, as the clock strikes midnight, billions of people resolve to be skinnier, richer, or healthier in the next year. A week later, most have given up. Here’s how to separate yourself from the quitters (unless you’re talking about quitting smoking – one of the most common resolutions, and then being a quitter is awesome).
Concentrate on one.
First, get rid of all of your resolutions. You didn’t develop all of those bad habits at the same time, and you can’t fix them all at the same time. If you want to lose weight and stop smoking and get rich by January 2, it’s not going to happen. Give up that notion now and make more realistic goals for yourself. Start by choosing the one that is the most important to you and work on that one first. Once you complete that one, then you can add another one. Resolutions aren’t just for January 1. You can make a resolution on any day of the year and it will be just as important.
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Write it down.
Type it, write it, stick a post-it to your mirror, whatever works. Having to look at it constantly will be a reminder of what your goal is. The more you’re conscious of it, the more likely you are to keep it.
Tell everyone you know.
Call your mom, your third cousin, or have it written in the sky; the more people you have to keep you accountable, the better off you’ll be. Most of them will want to help you. If you tell your mom you want to lose 10 lbs, she’s less likely to bring over a cheesecake for your birthday. Your spouse won’t buy you chocolates for Valentine’s Day – instead he may give you a new exercise DVD. This also works in another way. If you tell someone you want to quit smoking, you’ll feel silly lighting up in front of them and are therefore less likely to do it.
Give it time.
Understand that most resolutions are life changing. They’re not little things. Bad habits take time and discipline to break. It’s much easier to keep doing them than it is to stop, which is why you’re doing those things in the first place. You have to retrain your brain, and in many cases, your body, to do what you want to do, and that won’t happen overnight. Be easy on yourself. If you fail, keep trying. You can do it.
Do you make New Year’s resolution? If yes, what are they?