It is that time of the year when we start to create our New Year’s resolutions. Most people have the following as their resolutions:
- Exercise more
- Eat healthier
- Travel more
- Read more
- Start a business
These resolutions may not sound so crazy, so why is it so easy to start (we’ve joined a gym, created healthy meal plans, bought four books to read in a month, etc.), but come April/May, procrastination has become the norm?
There are several reasons why we fail at keeping our resolutions. Here are some:
- When we don’t see immediate results, we stop
- We do not plan
- Resolutions are too lofty
- We create these resolutions by ourselves
- We do not believe in ourselves
To help you stick to your resolutions, here are some tips:
Be realistic: There are some resolutions that you know you cannot accomplish by the end of the year. If you know yourself, losing 45kg in 3 months may not be the type of goal you want to set. Take your time and set a goal that is actually achievable in the time frame that you set for yourself. If you want to exercise more, how will you fit exercise time into your schedule?
Be specific: How much weight do you want to lose? How many books do you want to read a month? Being specific helps you identify all the obstacles in your way. If you want to pay off your debt by the end of the year, you need to specify how much you will pay off per month. Creating a budget with all your expenses helps.
Do not do it alone: Creating resolutions should not be done alone. Get your family and loved ones involved. This creates accountability, which is essential for success.
Be kind to yourself: You are human, that means you will have a good days and bad days. On the days that do not go well, do not beat yourself up; use those times as an opportunity to learn.