Every New Year brings a new chance to grow, become healthier and prosperous. Every New Year we make resolutions to fulfil our goal whether it is to get fit, quit smoking, drink less, or save money. However, instead of being firmly intact with them, usually our resolutions vanish by the time Valentine day comes. Why is it, when it is same “I” who made those resolutions just few days ago with a great deal of gusto?
Here after an in-depth analysis, we have come up with the 4 ways to keep our New Year’s resolutions:
1. Make a realisable plan, divide it in chunks, write it down and track it
Do not plan or try to meet unrealisable expectations. For example, if your goal is to lose weight then dieting till you lose 20Kg might be hard to achieve. It may cause you utter disappointment and eventually you may be giving up everything and missing your goal.
Make a realisable plan, divide it in chunks preferably weekly and decide what to do. Write down your weekly plan and track it or review it every week. You may useAPP for setting up and reviewing the goals. You can also ask your friends/colleagues/mentors to review and write a few encouraging words.
2. Honesty is the best policy
This is an everlasting adage but unquestionable practice for anyone who wants to put an effort to bear fruits. Henry ford once said “Do your best even when nobody is looking at you”. Always be honest with yourself to fulfil your goal whether anyone is with you or not. For example, suppose one has resolved to quit smoking as a part of his or her New Year resolution. However, at an after-long-time-gathering with friends one could not resist and took a puff. Avoid doing that. If your resolution is to go for running/jogging in the morning, go for it even when your friend is not coming with you. Don’t kick the can down the road. Honesty with perseverance will surely help you to keep your resolutions.
3. Be patient
A very popular couplet by saint Kabir Das:
Dheere Dheere Re Mana, Dheere Sub Kucch Hoye
Mali Seenche So Ghara, Ritu Aaye Phal Hoye
Slowly slowly O mind, everything in own pace happens
Gardener may water with a hundred pots, fruit arrives only in its season
Don’t be so hard on yourself that nothing is working out when you are honestly and relentlessly putting your effort for your resolutions. For example, say your resolution is to get fit and you are also working honestly for it day in and day out when it comes to exercise, sleeping pattern, dietary practices and daily habits. However, just in few days you want to see some drastic changes, of course you may feel it is not working out and you will be thinking to give up. Don’t do that. Be patient and talk to your mentors for some encouraging and true words. You are marching steadily towards your goal, internal results are coming daily within you in flying colours, hold on yourself for some more time before you see the external results.
4. Reward yourself
Enjoy and celebrate each and every small achievements which are part of your big resolution. Don’t wait for the final outcome to celebrate. For example, if you have determined to lose 20 kg in a year as a part of your New Year resolution then when you lost 4 Kg after few months, treat yourself with few chocolates, that is fine. Enjoy and celebrate that achievement. Remember to enjoy the journey, destination will come automatically.
"No matter what comes against you when it’s all said and done you’ll still be standing."
~ Pastor Joel Osteen