Keeping a New Year’s Resolution

Welcome to the New Year.

Hopefully your resolution has lasted at least this far, if you’ve even started on it yet…

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Break your habit of breaking your resolutions.

Whether you’ve almost finished the first week of your resolution, have just started, or are promising yourself you’ll start soon, you’ll probably feel your resolve waver sooner or later. Never fear, it happens to the best of us.

A simple solution to keeping your resolution

How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution, stuck to it religiously for the first week or few, but then deviated from your plan once or twice, then some more, and then justified it because you were too busy at school or work, or had family commitments and couldn’t possibly work your new schedule around it?

Take a breath.

So often do we start on that slippery slope of having no liability or consequence that we come to justify why it’s better to shirk the responsibility we’ve given ourselves. And usually, with no one policing us, getting off of that slippery slope once you’ve started down it can be mighty tricky.

Liability

At times we can be our own worst enemy, especially when we can justify why it’s easier to break the very resolution that we put in place to better ourselves.

Do you find that you have trouble justifying why you should get up and exercise instead of staying on the couch and finishing off that box of donuts? Then having someone to hold you liable to your plans should work like a charm.

Whether this be making a joint resolution with someone, or telling someone your goals and getting them to check up on you, having someone hold you liable will make you want to not disappoint.

I suggest that you choose someone who is dependable and reliable, otherwise you might wind up with that someone justifying why it’s better that they not check in on your progress…

Progression: milestones and rewards

When organising for that certain someone to check in on your progress, whether this be weekly, fortnightly, or otherwise, make sure that you make it clear when and how often you want them to check in. Simply asking someone to make sure you’re sticking to your resolution is very ambiguous, and can therefore be interpreted several different ways.

Also make sure that you set milestones and appropriate rewards for yourself, so that you can celebrate your achievements and progress, no matter how small.

Remember that every small step goes toward reaching the big picture.

I suggest using the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting framework that I learnt about in Business Communication and Technology in high school.

 

Next: S.M.A.R.T. Goals: S is for Specific.

 

Image sourced from:

KitKat. 2014. “New-Years-Resolutions.” Image. Accessed January 7, 2015. http://forums.au.reachout.com/t5/Everyday-life-stuff/New-Years-Resolutions/td-p/121955.

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