January 1st is the day when millions of people start working on their New Year’s Resolutions. There are millions of resolutions spoken and written, but most people will not even make it to the end of the month. By the first of February, most of the promises and New Year’s resolutions will be nothing more than a memory or a discarded list on a piece of paper.
Every year, the resolutions are made and each person who promise to make a change have a strong determination to follow through. But, most of that determination is gone, almost immediately. What can be done to help you make it through the entire year and the rest of your life following the new resolutions?
Change Only One Thing at a Time
1] Do not try to change several different things about yourself. It is difficult to change one thing at a time, trying to change more than one bad habit is almost impossible for the average person. Keep the list short and direct, it is easier to tackle one goal at a time.
2] Be Realistic About Your Goals
If a goal is very difficult to achieve, for most people, it harder to complete. If banana pudding ice cream is your favorite food, do not promise to never eat any again. As soon as a big bowl is put in front of you, your will power will quickly dissolve.
And as soon as you take a bite, it will seem as if the whole resolution has failed and this is a good excuse to go back to your old ways. Instead of making impossible promises to yourself, strive for a goal that is easier to attain, such as lowering the number of times you eat ice cream. This will make it easier to be successful.
If drinking alcohol is your problem, it may be best to stop drinking cold-turkey instead of tricking yourself into thinking you are strong enough to stop after one or two drinks.
3] Start at a Convenient Time
January 1st does not have to be the date you start your New Year’s resolution. Pick a date that is better suited for you and your goal and what you plan to accomplish. It may be better to start a routine to get better at baseball in the Spring when the weather is warmer, the leaves are sprouting and the flowers are blooming. The cold, wet Winter weather will make it easy to skip sessions. Pick a time that is best for you, then stick to it.
If you decide to set a future date to begin your plan, do not just sit around and wait. Get started by exercising and getting into shape until the start date arrive.
4] Make a Solid Plan
Make a clear plan that outline how you are going to deal with temptation when it arrive. When you are faced with the urge to eat that piece of double chocolate cake, take a stiff drink, skip an exercise class, smoke a cigarette or take that illegal drug, what will you do? The plan you choose can include calling a close friend for encouragement, taking a leisurely walk or using the power of positive thinking to help you get over the seemingly uncontrollable urge. A good plan can help you make it through the day, the week, the rest of the year – every year.
5] always Keep an Accurate Record of Your Progress
If it seem as if your effort is not producing any results, that is an incentive to quit everything. In order to keep track how successful you are, keep a record of all of your progress, no matter how small or large. Each record of your success will help you make it toward the ultimate goal. Make a list of all of your short-term goals to make it easier to help keep you motivated and on the right track. Short-term goals make it easier to reach the ultimate goal.
The best way to keep going is to keep going. Do not give up, even if you skip a session or two.