Every year around December, we think of the upcoming year and the changes we want to make.
That is fantastic, but there is a particular issue that is present here.
The issue here is the notion that the new year is the catalyst for change.
Waiting until January 1 to start implementing changes can be detrimental to your resolutions. This is because if you do not come any closer to achieving these goals, it can halt any attempts towards your resolutions. A lot of individuals make resolutions every new year, but only a tiny portion of them achieve these resolutions.
Here is how you can be in the small percent of people who are able to meet these goals.
The Steps to Take to Meet Your New Year’s Resolutions
Do not refer to your resolutions as resolutions. Instead, the term you should be using is goals. This is because your resolutions should not revolve around something arbitrary such as a new calendar year.
The desire to wait until the new year to act on your goals stems from wanting a final month or week to continue your bad habits. This only slows your progress. Making small changes and staying consistent is what will help you achieve your goals.
Achieving your goals will more than likely be hard work. Waiting until midnight on December 31 will not automatically make your goals come to life. If you make drastic changes, there is more chance that you slip back into old habits and lose any progress made. The adage “slow and steady wins the race” applies here. Staying consistent is the proper and best way to achieve your goals.
Go Easy On Yourself
Your goals are going to require time. Blaming yourself or thinking negatively anytime you backtrack will only cause mental distress. Failing once does not mean that you should give up on your goals altogether, it just means you need to reassess and come back after your slight hiccup. A do-or-die mindset is unnecessary and will not be helpful in any way.
The Proper Method To Obtain Your Goals
Write down every single one of your goals. Then, think about all the things that prevented you from achieving your goals in the past. Then, come up with a plan to make sure that you do not repeat past mistakes.
For each goal, ask yourself why it is important to you and what it will require of you.
Studies have shown that it takes 66 days to form a new habit on average. This number can vary from person to person, but it gives you an idea of how long you will have to be conscious of your decisions. It can be uncomfortable to change your daily routine, but this is required to ensure that your goals are accomplished.
For example, if your goal is to go to the gym 5 times a week, and after working on this goal you start going twice a week that is still progress. Time can be a constraint and something that so many of us are short in, but with the proper planning, your goals can be squeezed in.
Keep Your New Years Resolutions Simple
We are all human, and it can be challenging to make changes to diet, nutrition, and our overall lifestyle. Depending on how long a habit has been a part of your life, you will have more work to do to make changes. A new year should mean a time of reflection but should not mean a green light to start working on goals. That puts unnecessary pressure on you.
Improvement is progress.
Get started today and keep going.