It’s that time of the year again! Yes, it’s the New Year, and so the idea of making a resolution or two has probably crossed your mind. In 1 minute, I describe some of the research that I have found into how best to keep your resolution
Here are my top 10 tips:
- Make only one resolution, your chances of success are greater when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behavior.
- Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve to think about your resolution and instead take some time out a few days before and reflect upon what you really want to achieve.
- Avoid previous resolutions; deciding to re-visit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment.
- Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life.
- Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable, and time-based.
- Tell your friends and family about your goals, thus increasing the fear of failure and eliciting support.
- Regularly remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goals by creating a checklist of how life would be better once you obtain your aim.
- Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal, thus maintaining motivation and a sense of progress.
- Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures.
- Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.