We’re just about one week into 2017 so it’s likely that the majority of people have already slipped up on the majority of their New Year’s resolutions. Have you? Don’t worry, there are plenty of excuses at your disposal if needed.
Nobody likes failing at the same thing time and again, so why do we keep telling ourselves we’re resolving to make significant life changes every time the calendar rolls over? Hope and optimism are probably the primary reasons, although there are certainly many other factors.
There are a few tricks that can help you potentially beat the odds and actually find success with improving your life. First, start small. Planning to quick cigarettes? Start by decreasing how much and/or often you smoke. That way you can find success earlier and easier, thus motivating you to continue on that journey.
Second, choose a New Year’s resolution that means something special to you. If you’re trying to lose weight, ask yourself why. Rather than trying to impress or please somebody else, hopefully you have some sort of internal drive to lose weight whether it is for your own health, your own self-confidence, or some other intrinsic value.
Third, don’t let yourself get dismayed by little mistakes or errors here and there. Life is full of them, in regards to resolutions and in general. Learn from them, laugh at them, or just ignore them, but don’t let them get into your head and undermine your long-term positive goals. While things like tobacco or alcohol addictions are a bit more complicated in this aspect, the point remains the same. Expect a bumpy road but keep moving ahead.
Finally, it is important to note that New Year’s is not a required event in order to initiate resolutions. Or, if it is, then you should also add some resolutions for the Chinese and Jewish New Years’ to really get the best bang for your buck. Whatever you choose, good luck on your endeavors to improve yourself.
Comment below to let us know how you’re doing with your resolutions!