A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improves their life. “New Year’s resolutions” are yearly goals that you set for yourself at the beginning of a new year. They usually have to do with fitness, saving money, education, etc.
It’s nothing more than an opportunity to allow you to set goals for next 365 days. It’s an opportunity to improve the daily living. It’s an opportunity to plan something new for you. It’s an opportunity to rediscover yourself and recreate your phenomenal thoughts.
Some popular resolutions are:
- Promise to donate to charities more often.
- Try to become more assertive.
- Strive to be more environmentally responsible.
- Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits.
- Improve mental well-being: think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life.
- Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments.
- Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business.
- Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents.
- Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games.
- Take a trip.
- Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity, volunteer to work part-time in a charity organization
- Get along better with people, improve social skills, enhance social intelligence.
- Make new friends.
- Spend quality time with family members.
- Pray more, be more spiritual.
- Be more involved in sports or different activities.
- Spend less time on social media (such as Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter, Tumblr etc.)
A lot of these resolutions fail because they’re not the right resolutions. And a resolution may be wrong for one of three main reasons:
- It’s a resolution created based on what someone else (or society) is telling you to change.
- It’s too vague.
- You don’t have a realistic plan for achieving your resolution.
35% of participants who failed their New Year’s Resolutions admitted they had unrealistic goals, 33% of participants didn’t keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.
People often make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year but don’t end up keeping them. That used to happen to me too. Then one year I got serious about my resolutions and started using some of the techniques that I’m going to describe below. I ended up achieving all of my New Year’s resolutions that year, and it felt great!
Here’s how you can make New Year’s resolutions this year and really keep them:
- Pick one main resolution and one or two secondary ones.
- Write your resolutions down and post them in easy-to-see places.
- Find a way to work on your resolutions every day.
- Start just one new habit per month.
- Keep track of your progress on a calendar.
New Year’s resolutions are here to make your life easier than before. I hope everyone will set their goals up and find a better year onward.