As a new year has begun, most of us would have made resolutions — A New Year Resolution is made at the junction of the old year and new year aiming at self improvement and reframing the rules of a prosperous lifestyle. However, the question arises, how many of our resolutions would make it to the finishing line? For those who haven’t yet made their resolutions, it is not too late. Here are some guidelines to follow to enable our resolutions to complete their run.
Contemplate on the changes you want: Sit in a quiet place, with a pen and notebook, and list down the changes you want in your lifestyle. Think deeply about the issues that require amendment and pen them down, priority-wise. Classify them under ‘most needed’, ‘needed but not urgently’ and ‘can manage without’.
Review their practicality: Having enlisted the resolutions, approach them practically to check whether it is indeed possible to complete them. Segregate them based on their possibility of fulfilment.
Allot a time frame for each resolution: Setting a time frame is very important, as the clock is known to rule our lives. Therefore, fix time durations for each of your goals listed, and make sure the time frame is practical.
Set reminders on a regular mode to check progress: Use your mobile phone or a calendar to remind you about your goals periodically so that you can keep track of your progress, and attempt to reach the finishing line in time.
Create accountability: Set up dates for evaluating your progress. This could be done individually or with the help of a mentor, in the form of a friend, guide, or family member; someone who is a well wisher. This helps to stay focussed and evaluates methods for improvement.
Focus on the journey rather than the destination: Keep your focus on the daily progress, and concentrate on your duties and work, rather than the end and the result. Reward yourself for daily accomplishments, and get ready for the next step. Short steps lead to a big climb, leaps don’t lead anywhere. If your short goal gets completed before time, reward yourself with some prizes. This acts as a motivator to work stringently to accomplish deeds.
Accept the wane in enthusiasm over time: It’s quite natural that enthusiasm and motivation tend to suffer a wane over a period of time. Accept this and do not let it demotivate you or hinder your work. This is where small milestone rewards help to keep the oil burning.
Believe in yourself: All along the course of action, keep believing in yourself, because self confidence is the best equipment in every feat of goal achievement. Do not lose faith in yourself.
Be optimistic and patient: Rome was not built in a day. Keeping this in mind, do not get impatient in the journey of change. Do not allow negative thoughts to attack your mind and hinder your progress.
Maintain a record of your achievements: By maintaining a written record of your goals and progress you can evaluate your achievements at the year end, and modify your next year resolutions.
As Abraham Lincoln says, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”