What is a Resolution?
What is a resolution, you ask? It is basically a commitment, whether long or short term, towards a personal goal or project. Generally, the goal is in the nature of self-improvement and is looked upon as a positive way to start a new year. The tradition of new year’s resolutions actually dates back to well over a thousand years ago, in the time of the Babylonians (around 153 B.C.). And though goals have changed drastically over time, the general idea has always been the same… to bring good luck and progress throughout the coming year.
Common Resolutions and Why They Often Fail
Resolutions can range anywhere from quitting smoking to losing weight. They can be virtually anything that comes to the imagination. It can be a desire for a physical change or simply to alter an attitude or personal perception of life. Whatever the goal may be, quite often the most challenging aspect is actually seeing the goal through to completion. Realistically speaking, most resolutions fail. The problem, usually, is that we often set unrealistic expectations for ourselves and we leave no room for error. The minute we have a setback is where we often throw in the towel because we don’t plan to fail in the first place.
How To Make Your Resolutions Stick
The most important thing to remember when setting goals is to know that setbacks can and do happen. In fact, we must expect and prepare for them. Let’s face reality folks, we are only human and there is just no other way around that fact. So, let’s work within our capabilities, shall we? Step one: Plan for setbacks.
How in the world are we ever going to accomplish those large goals when the desired result never seems to be within reach? For big goals, like losing weight or quitting smoking, you’ll find that you will see more progress and far better results when you set smaller goals that lead you in the direction of those bigger goals. The key concept here is working progressively. Don’t expect to reach those bigger goals until you train yourself to master the smaller ones first. Step two: Set small goals as building blocks to bigger goals. And finally…
A great way to measure the progress we make is by documenting it. This will also help keep you on the right path, which is ultimately toward your goal. There are a few ways in which one can document their progress. You can keep a daily record of activities in a journal, either on paper or online. Another option is to create and utilize a vlog, which is great for physical goals such losing weight and/or getting in shape. Vlogs and blogs can be a great inspiration for others who wish to achieve similar goals. Whether you choose to keep your progress private or make it public is entirely up to you, just be aware of how much progress you are actually making. Step three: Make notations of your progress to help you stay on target.
Working toward our goals doesn’t have to mean all work and no play. Therefore, why not give ourselves a little incentive for our accomplishments? For example, treat yourself to a night out for dinner and a movie or buy yourself something special. Give yourself a reward to work toward to help you see your small goals through and look forward to moving on to the next challenge… and yet another reward. Step four: Give yourself a reward for accomplishing your goals.
Above all else, it is our choice whether we succeed or ultimately fail. We can either choose to be enlightened or be our own worst enemy. What will you choose this year? I hope you don’t give up, just give it hell! Good luck and best wishes this year and every year!