Nine out of Ten times, we make New Year’s resolutions every year. Losing weight or quit smoking are the few top most resolutions people make year after year. Only 8% keep them.
Why so?? What’s the deal?? We all know exactly what we have to do to lose weight (exercise, eat healthy and eat less) but still what is tough is to think differently. It is important to change our mindset, rather than changing our behavior. Instead of focusing on what is not to be done our focus should be on what should be done to help us stay committed to our resolutions. Once you’ve redirected your thinking just apply simple rules like:
Do you really want to do this? Not because someone is expecting you to do that .Will your resolution survive if no one else cared that you changed. If “NO” is the answer; Give up or change the way you think.
Be honest to yourself, about where you’re starting from. Like if you’ve been smoking two pack a day for almost 25 years, and you promise to quit smoking immediately – that’s a lie you are telling to yourself. What will be more helpful is to find new ways to quit smoking gradually.
Be realistic about things that might get in the way of changing.
Find possible ways to achieve your target. Curiosity is the key. Finding means of how to overcome your negative beliefs. Change your self-talk or try new ways of doing things which you might think is fun. Genuine curiosity has the power to break through most of the limitations.
Be open to imperfection. Remember that, when we’re learning something new, we always make mistakes. There’s no such thing as being an expert when you’re a novice. Accept the fact that there will be stumbles along the way. And then, instead of taking a mistake as an indication that you’re doomed to failure, you can get curious about why it happened, and what you’ll do differently the next time…and keep learning.
Shift your resolution focus from Here are all the bad things I’m going to stop doing to Here are a few new things I intend to learn how to do…
Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List. A list of items on paper will keep your motivation strong. Add on to the list over time and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list in front of your eyes and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
Talk About It. Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. Find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
Appreciate your effort and recognize it .Pamper yourself in a spa, Go for movies with friends or take a day off from work or buy yourself a new dress or whatever you were longing for.
Maintain a progress chart. Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated.
Be committed. It takes about 4 weeks for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
Be a fighter. If you have totally lost the motivation or ruined it by the end of 6 weeks don’t despair. Start all over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on and, before you know it, you will be back on track.
“So Get Goal-Oriented, Be Organized, Save Money, Stress on Health and Fitness, Convert every Foe to Friend, Never give up trying, Don’t be a loner”