3 Simple Steps to Achieve Your New Year Resolutions
2020 was a year like no other. While what 2021 will bring about is still uncertain, let’s all make a collective effort to step into the new year more determined than ever before to create better habits. For those with goals and resolutions for the New Year, here are 3 simple tips to use as a guideline.
1. Make Specific Plans.
When writing down your resolutions, build on your “what” by specifying “when” and “how” your resolutions will be carried out.
Instead of simply stating, “I will start reading more books this year”, make a more specific plan and change it something along the lines of, “I will read one book per month this year”. It may not sound like a huge feat for some to read only one book per month but by the end of 2021, you’d have read 12 books! It will be even better to plan on which days you will make time to read the book and for how long, so you don’t stress towards the end of month trying to accomplish your goal.
2. Start Small.
They say go big or go home, but in the case of creating better habits, change doesn’t happen overnight—accept that and take tiny steps towards your goals. For example, if you want to start exercising regularly to improve on your fitness, you don’t have to force yourself to go to the gym every day or sign up for every fitness class in your area all at once. Instead, you could start by talking a half an hour walk in the park the first few days and slowly progress on to cardio exercises as simple as a jog around the park. After that, you can make time to go to the gym two days a week for at least an hour or eventually come up with a list of activities you like to do that also suits your lifestyle the best to reach your fitness goals.
3. Be Consistent.
The overall goal of course would be definitely sticking to your resolutions but for many, it’s challenging to do so. When it comes to consistency, a common reason why most people fall out of it is because they focus on the outcome more than the process. If you find yourself slipping out of routine, remind yourself that the struggle is part of the process and push through it. Also, if you find yourself giving into distractions, don’t beat yourself about it. Forgive yourself and move on. Use these setbacks to motivate you even more and jump right back into it.