The end of the holidays mean new beginnings and what can be better than having a whole new year right in front of you?
The first thing is, to not make any resolution. Because research says by February, almost 92 percent of resolutions fail.
And here are a few that definitely fail—losing weight, spending quality time with family, budgeting, quitting stuff like drinking, junk food, smoking, reducing stress and regular gym’ing.
Don’t feel bad for being unable to keep them, instead embrace what you think might work and create an action list. It means getting wiser and identifying things that might work for you.
Here’s a tip. Just try and keep it simple. The idea is to stick to one thing instead of an overwhelming long list.
Maybe working on one goal at a time works for you.
Pick a goal and check if you have sufficient reasons to stick to it. Also, author Leo Babauta in The Power of Less says if you focus on one goal at a time, it increases your effectiveness with that goal.
If you face challenges executing your goal/s, try using the SMART method—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Make a list of things you would like to do and pick the one or two that you know you can stick to and make it work for you.
1: Eat better
2: learn and practice yoga and meditation
3: find more passion in a cause
4: cut complaining
5: pick a hobby
6: make less excuses, etc. or
7: registering for an online course
How about registering for an online course, like learning a new language? Ever considered French? That is our second language? Might also help up in careers that require you to be bilingual. Or Spanish. If you love travelling, you will be very pleased to know it is an official language of 22 countries.
Self-development is my personal favourite because I do not have to deal with external pressures. (Subtle pressures like getting reminders from friends and family that I am on a diet, or have missed my gym session, etc.)
Be easy on yourself, it’s okay to set the pace and achieve them. You own your goals and not the other way round.
The idea is to feel good about self and enjoy the positive aspects of life rather than beating yourself up for being unable to accomplish a list of to-do-things. Do not worry about failing the list.
Instead of worrying about what you can’t, celebrate your accomplishments—big and small. Make a note of all that and stop for a while to feel good about it and do congratulate yourself.
Pick positive information to read, listen to or be with people who make you feel good about yourself.
Bill Gates once said, “Starting small is not failing; it is easing into sustainable habits that will change how you work, how you eat and how you save.”