What are New Year’s resolutions?
- Resolutions are goals. They are actions you promise to do to make yourself better.
- They are listed down. You promise to start doing them at the start of a new year.
- They can be about improving your health, career, education or spiritual life.
- It can be a promise to stop bad habits or start good ones.
It is a New Year tradition. You make a list hoping for a better year ahead.
Do people keep their resolutions?
- Studies say that only 8% of people who make resolutions succeed in keeping them.
- 75% of resolutions are continued until the first week of January.
- Only 46% make it beyond six months.
Why should you make New Year’s resolutions?
- Trying makes you a better person.
What if you succeed in keeping them? You may be more disciplined and driven than you thought.Your list of resolutions will help you focus. It is a guide to help you get what you want in life.
- The value of making resolutions is in the experience, not the end result.
- When you make a resolution, you:
- Think about your life
- Want to make improvements
- Write plans with good intentions
- These are all good actions that can make you better.
- You see your needs, goals, and potentials.
Tips for making resolutions that work
- Plan ahead.
Make positive goals
- Make the list before Dec. 31st.
- Think of what you want to accomplish next year.
- Example: Improve your health in 2021 if you got sick in 2020.
- Make your list. Set your mind to achieve your plans.
- It is a commitment. Don’t take it lightly.
- Habits are hard to break.
- Don’t start resolutions with “I will not”, “I will never”, or “I will stop”. They will be impossible to do.
- Set positive goals.
- Example: Not “I will never eat junk food again.” It should be: “I will eat two servings of vegetables per day” or “I will have a piece of fruit for a midday snack every day”.
- Stopping all wars or getting rid of poverty are great goals.
- But they will not happen soon.
- Make goals that can be accomplished.
- You can have big goals but start small.
- Example: Your goal is to stop wars. Start with small conflicts in your life. You can:
- Be kind to all people of various cultures.
- Learn more about diversity.
- Make peace with a friend or family member you had an argument with.
- Example: Ending poverty. Start by
- helping other newcomers by giving them good information.
- volunteering at charities
- helping in a soup kitchen
- A little effort goes a long way.
Make short term goals
- Make your resolution detailed.
- Example: Bad -“I will be healthy in 2021”. Good:
- “I will attend Zumba three times a week”
- “I will eat more fruits every day”
- “I will go to yoga classes twice a week”
- Your goals do not have to take one year to accomplish.
- It takes between 21 and 66 days for a new activity to become a habit.
- Make goals that last for one to six months.
- It can make it easier for you to keep them.
- Tell your goals to someone.
- People close to you will support you.
- They will encourage you when you feel like giving up.
- Ask a trainer, a mentor/teacher, your husband, wife, or best friend to help you stick to your resolutions.
- Ask them to join you.
- Example: Ask your partner to jog with you.
- You will have a better chance of jogging thrice a week if your husband or wife jogs with you.
- Learning a new craft or improving your language skills are more fun when you do it with your friends.
Record your progress
- Enjoy small achievements.
- Rewards can help you stick to your goals.
- Example: Buy a dress when you lose five pounds. Get a new tie, bag or shoes after you have not smoked cigarettes for a month.
- Seeing improvement can encourage you.
- Write down your progress weekly or monthly.
- Forgive yourself when you miss your goal. But never give up!
- You can do it!
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