Healthier New Year Resolution #8 – Make It Last
We all hear about the different New Year’s resolutions that people make each year, but we also all know how few people are actually able to make their resolutions last. There are a few things that you can use to your advantage here however, and which will help you to stay focused and really helps you keep your resolutions. Keep in mind that the first few months are going to be the hardest, and after that it will be much easier.
Be Clear About What You Want
One of the most important things you can do is be clear about what it is that you want to make as your resolution. This is important because a lot of the time we are much too vague about what it is that we want and what we are looking to get out of our resolutions and this is often one of our biggest downfalls. For instance, if you want to lose weight as your resolution, then determine a specific amount of weight that you would like to use. Make your goal attainable rather than far fetched, so that you will be more likely to reach it and will not get frustrated or disappointed if you do not because you made it too unreachable.
Another important step is to constantly remind yourself about your resolution. Write it down and put it on your fridge, your bedside table, the bathroom mirror, wherever you can where you are going to see it throughout the day and be reminded of your goals. This is very important because the more you remind yourself about your resolution the less likely you are going to be to stray from it. For instance if you want to lose weight and leave reminder notes of your resolution around the house, you are going to be less likely to sneak into the cupboard to get those chocolate chip cookies in the middle of the night.
There are also other things that you can do to convince yourself to stay on track and stay focused. For instance you can paste pictures of a thinner you on the fridge, or even photographs of your friends or out of magazines, whatever is going to help keep you motivated.
This may sound like a surprising idea at first, but can actually be quite helpful. If you are trying to quit smoking, then a good idea may be to listen to someone who has already gone through the ordeal and who will be able to tell you their drama in an attempt to help you quit. Talking about cancer, for instance, will be helpful in getting you to quit smoking, especially if it is someone that you know personally.
Celebrate Milestones Along the Way
We all like rewards, especially when they are for goals that we have set for ourselves and which we are reaching. Even if you do not make it all the way to your goal, you should still celebrate milestones along the way, to reward yourself and make yourself feel better. This will also help you to continue on the right path and meet your goals. There are many things that you can use as a reward, and for instance if your goal is to spend more time with your family and you have been making sure to do so, then along the way a couple times treat your family to a trip, or if you do not have the funds for that you can do something a bit more simple and have a fun night in with your family or throw a party.
Understand Your Motivation
You need to find good ways to motivate yourself and keep yourself motivated. There are really two different types of people in the world, and you want to be one that is able to stay determined and motivated. There are task-oriented and ego-oriented people, task-oriented people being those who are motivated when success and achievement are a function of high levels of effort and who see tasks as being challenging.
Then there are the ego-oriented people who are motivated when they have the opportunity to demonstrate high levels of ability without high levels of effort, when there is an opportunity to demonstrate superior success, and when there is an opportunity to win.
Above all else, it is important that you are sure of what you want your resolution to be before you make it. You need to keep your goals realistic and make sure that they are not too far fetched otherwise you will just be disappointing and discouraging yourself. You can meet your goals and actually stick to your New Year’s resolutions, as long as you take them seriously and keep yourself motivated along the way.