Making new year resolutions has become a modern ritual.
As new year starts approaching, everyone starts planning their resolutions. On the 1st day of the new year, the resolutions are mouthed, publicized and acted upon.
However, as the year progresses, the resolutions fall by the wayside. Let’s take a look at why this happens.
In many cases, the resolutions are not SMART. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable,Realistic & Timely . This is not a blog post about setting SMART goals, I will do it some other time.) And they are bound to fail.
However, many SMART resolutions end up being unsuccessful.
Most resolutions require change of behaviour or lifestyle. Let’s look at some examples
- Reduce weight. This will need changes in eating habits, will need regular exercise.
- Get out of debt. Requires changes to spending patterns
- Spend more quality time with family. Requires changes in work habits.
All such changes are very difficult to bring about. It’s even more difficult when we try to make many such changes at the same time.
If we understand and accept this, then two keys emerge that will help us make a success of our resolutions.
1. Make only one resolution at a time &
2. Convert a resolution into a Habit
As they say
A HABIT is very difficult to give up.
If you give up a little HA BIT remains.
If you give up a little more HABIT remains.
If you give up even more HABIT remains.
It takes 21 days to form a habit. When we do something consistently for 21 days, we get habituated to it and then it’s difficult to break the habit.
So keep acting on the resolution for 21 days, or even for a whole month. Make it into a habit. Then, make the next resolution.
So, by making one resolution every month, one can successfully make a dozen lifestyle changes within a year. Rather than making a dozen resolutions at the beginning of the year and not keeping any of them.
My resolution for this month is to write a blog post everyday. I am on day 3!
Best of luck with your resolutions.
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