Have you already set New Year’s Resolutions for 2013? If ‘yes’ this post will help you noticeably improve your chances of success, make you invincible to failure, put you in control of your goals and allow you to overcome self-doubts and past setback?
If you haven’t set your New Year’s Resolutions, don’t worry! It is not too late! Just make sure that you ‘arm’ yourself with the right knowledge and tools before you leap into action. Doing so will save you a lot of time and tons of effort.
7 Little-Known Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2013:
1. Start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions beforehand.
This is how I see it – if you resolve to do something for the next two or three months, it is worth taking a minute to brainstorm and choose the right resolution. And when I say, “think in advance” I mean giving yourself at least a week or two, to meditate on your resolutions, not just sticking with the first thing that comes to your mind at 11:45 p.m. on December 31st.
2. Do not repeat yourself.
What do you do when you can’t find a solution to a challenging problem or feel stuck? You probably switch to a different activity and get back to the problem later.
Similar, if you have set the same resolution for the past few years and have repeatedly failed to stick to it, let it be! There is too much negative history attached to it. Instead, pick a different resolution that is easier and more fun to accomplish and stick with it. First, it will give you a necessary confidence boost. And, second, it will help you to refocus on other goals and break the resolution-failure pattern.
3. Think big.
Resolutions are usually associated with small vows that we give to ourselves, but this does not mean that you have to think small. Maybe this year you feel that you need a big breakthrough, a big adventure – like travelling to India, getting a new job, moving to a different state or starting a family.
Give yourself permission to think BIG, and plan from there.
4. Think small.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that only a radical transformation can make a difference in your life. The highest mountains are conquered one step at a time. A few years ago I decided to drink a fruit smoothie for breakfast and forgo cinnamon rolls. It seemed a tiny insignificant change, yet it has had a huge impact on my productivity, eating habits and even my appearance.
I found that I no longer craved unhealthy snacks throughout the day, that my energy levels got much more stable and even my hair and nails started to look better, because I now eat healthier. Similar, it often takes just a small resolution to create ripples of change and personal growth. Think of what these resolutions may be for you?
5. Consider making only pleasant resolutions.
“Filling up on carrots instead of eating sweets” is a good resolution ONLY if you absolutely adore carrots. In all other cases it’s one of those goals that makes you want to roll your eyes before even starting to pursue it.
Doing something on a daily basis is already challenging enough for 97% of the population. Why make it even harder on yourself by choosing resolutions that are not fun and not rewarding?
6. Keep your resolution every day.
Weird enough, it is often easier to do something every single day than every few days. I believe that it has a lot to do with how our mind creates habits. Repeating the same action for 21 days, sometimes 30 days, makes it easier for us to keep doing the same activity. Although, if we skip a day or two when working on our goals it will take much longer for a positive habit to form.
There is one powerful and very simple mental technique that I borrowed from… that helps me to stick to my New Year’s Resolutions. You can learn more about it here.
7. Don’t give up easily.
Most New Year’s Resolutions, like losing weight, getting organized or spending less money are ongoing. Which means that they depend on tens of small decisions that we take on a daily basis. If you did not exactly do your best in sticking to your resolution today, it does not mean that you should give up on it all together.
A new day is a new beginning. Learn from your setbacks and try again tomorrow. Because as Ross Perot has put it “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success.”
Bonus Tips on how to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions in 2013: Don’t start on January 1st.
This is the worst possible day to start. Your body is probably tired after a New Year’s party and you are probably not in the right mind frame to start. Take your resolutions seriously and make sure that you are mentally prepared to tackling them.
Give yourself a few days after the winter holidays to build up the excitement and think in advance about the possible roadblocks that you might encounter on your way and how will you deal with them. Jogging in the morning to stay in shape can seem a noble resolution until… you wake up to a gray rainy morning. Then what? Think about things like this and failure-proof your New Year’s Resolutions.