Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive changes.
The recurring themes, each year include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and learning new things for personal and professional development. Here are a list top 10 most common resolutions which might look familiar to you:
10 New Year’s Resolution
Here we have come up with the 10 effective New Year’s resolution:
1. Mentally prepare for change
Changing ingrained habits is no easy task. So, before being excited to make New Year’s resolution goals, it is important to first make yourself mentally prepared for the changes you want to bring into your life at the beginning of the New year. Take a step first to make yourself mentally and get ready for that impending change.
The first thing you have to do is- do a personal inventory. Noted that it’s the end of the past year and the beginning of the New Year; it’s perfect timing to take stock of the past year’s accomplishments and make up a New Year’s resolution. Think about the followings:
- What was the biggest accomplishment of the past year?
- Where did I make progress?
- Where didn’t I make progress?
As you start thinking about the changes, you want to implement make sure to do the following:
- Stay positive
- Try not to make big/quick changes
- Change should be gradual
- Build on smaller changes
- Allow a little room for error
2. Set a goal that motivates you
You would be surprised to know, how often people set New Year’s resolution goals that are not suited for themselves. These goals could be dictated or coerced by a manager, spouse, or parental / peer pressure which will in near future fail miserably.
While it’s nice to have some external support, if you don’t share the same passion, the resolution has a small chance of succeeding and could even be dead on arrival.
To make your New Year’s resolution a success, you need to make sure the goal you set is important to you and only you and that there is value or benefit for you in achieving the goal. It is these two things that will provide the reason and willingness to take action. This is also known as motivation! Thus, it’s a safe bet if your resolutions align with the following New Year’s resolution:
- Your goals
- Your priorities
- Your dreams
- Your aspirations
Not only should you align around your inner-most desires, but you should also make sure the resolutions align around your top priorities. This will lead to a “must do” attitude. If your goals are career-centric, like improving your Excel skills, and creating your own professional development plan then it is a great way to stay motivated on the path towards your goal.
3. Limit resolutions to a manageable amount
A common mistake in resolution setting is keeping too many goals then you can work on them. And when you can’t accomplish them, you will greatly be demotivated. So, better set limited goals and achieve them. We all want to learn 25 different languages, 15 new job skills, and eliminate 5 bad habits, but we are not superheroes. We cannot 24/7 dedicate ourselves to self-improvement, and if you are just a beginner- it’s tougher to work according to our setup plan. So having too many resolutions will lead us to not achieve any goals we have set out for yourself.
Thus, you should make a shortlist of resolutions that you can manage in the upcoming year. Knowing that short list of priorities is the hard part. The key here is understanding how to prioritize. Here is an exercise that you can undertake to help you figure out what is the most important thing in your life. All you need is to list them out.
A pen, sticky notes, a wall, you and your resolution.
The final piece of the puzzle here is knowing your limitations and personal bandwidth. With that in mind, you should focus on your top priorities while balancing how much attention you can honestly devote to a New Year’s resolution.
4. Be specific
When it comes to setting New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to set bad goals that could lead to poor follow-through. Fortunately, the smart goal-setting framework can help you craft better goals.
- Specific – Articulate the resolution as clearly as possible. For example, quitting smoking is better than being healthy. While “being healthy” is great, the wording can be interpreted in many ways.
- Measurable – Quantify your resolution if possible, for e.g. if you are thinking of losing weight then be specific about how much weight you want to lose. I will lose 10% of my body weight. Here 10% is how much you want to lose. Now it will be easier for you to work on your goal. You have a clear vision of what you want.
- Attainable – Choose a goal within the realm of possibility, yet challenging. Making 100 friends this year would be amazing, but probably pretty hard to do. On the other, making 100 friends is doable.
- Relevant – Keep it relevant to your priorities and goals. See the motivation section above!
- Time-sensitive – Give yourself a time frame in which to achieve a goal. A deadline will instill some urgency and provide a time when you can celebrate your success.
5. Break up big goals into smaller goals
A lot of us tend to be over eager and grandiose when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. We have the best plans and intentions and may accidentally take on a goal that is too big to achieve. Thus, it’s helpful to divide a big goal into smaller goals that are more achievable.
Let’s say you are the leader of an alien race, and your New Year’s resolution for 2079 is capturing the planet Earth. That is a huge goal!! You can’t just tell your intergalactic fleet of spaceships “Take over planet Earth” and expect success.
6. Write down your goals
While it’s great to have goals, it is critical to document them in some way. Here are six reasons to write down your goals:
- They are easy to forget. While that may seem silly, we are human, and it is human to be easily distracted and forgetful.
- Writing down your resolutions helps you clarify what it is you want to achieve. It forces you to make decisions and be precise with your words.
- Writing establishes intention, but action needs to be taken to achieve your resolution. Having a written account of your goals is a constant reminder to take action.
- Written goals can act as a filter and guiding light for what opportunities to pursue. On any given day, there are a million decisions to make. When in doubt, refer to the goals you have set to dictate the way forward.
- Documented goals will help you overcome resistance to progress. We set goals to move forward, but there is a natural resistance to change. Your written goals spur you forward when you hit a speed bump or obstacle.
- Finally, written goals are a reminder of how far you have come and what you have achieved. It’s a nice feeling to look back at the end of next year, and know your resolution has come to fruition. It’s a reason to crack open that bottle of champagne and celebrate.
7. Share your resolutions with other
It’s great to make a New Year’s resolution for yourself and best to write it down, but if no one else knows about it, it’s easy to forget about or even ignore. And when you don’t achieve it, no one will notice or care. On the flip side, your counterparts who decided to tell someone about their goal, feel something different.
Now that they’ve gone public with their goal, they feel a sense of obligation and accountability. Essentially, if you don’t follow through, they are going to let everyone down. Crazy as it sounds, this sense of guilt is often more powerful than self-motivation. The upshot here is that when you do succeed, the people you shared with will celebrate with you!
8. Automate where possible
The good news is you probably have technology in your pocket that can help you follow through on your New Year’s resolution – automation in the form of reminder apps.
Nowadays there are a million different apps and services to help you follow through on your New Year’s resolution. These free tools can help provide a constant reminder:
- Google Calendar: Set a recurring meeting tied to your New Year’s resolution, i.e. scheduling workout sessions at the gym.
- Google Now: Personal assistant that provides information as you need it.
- Reminders (on iOS or Android): Set up timed alerts for tasks.
- Boomerang for Gmail: Schedule reminder emails to yourself (Freemium).
9. Review your resolution regularly
Let’s face it, if you are not thinking about your New Year’s resolution regularly, you are not going to follow through. Thus, a crucial part of realizing your goal is a regular review. At a minimum, this review should be monthly, but the more frequent the better. Here’s one way to build in goal review into your routine.
- Schedule a monthly “big picture” review during the first week of each month. This will serve as a planning meeting where you distribute smaller tasks and goals to different weeks throughout the month.
- Do a weekly check-in to check progress on the monthly goal.
- Set a daily reminder for smaller resolution tasks.
It may seem a little crazy to think about your New Year’s resolution every single day, but it is those smaller incremental steps that lead to massive changes over the course of a single year.
10. If you fall off track, get back on quick
It will take time for your New Year’s resolution to become a reality and we know change is difficult. In fact, as we’ve already mentioned above, we should leave some room for mistakes and setbacks.
Keep the following ideas in mind:
- Skipping an intermediate task is not a complete failure
- Missing a goal by 10% or even 80% is not a complete failure
- Finishing a task late is not a complete failure
- A moment of weakness is meaningless in the grand scheme of things
Setbacks can happen, but so long as they are handled correctly, they will not impact the big goal. The key is to avoid a defeatist attitude at all costs, i.e. “well I screwed up once, why should I gave try to do this anymore.”
And if there is a setback, it’s important to understand what lead to that moment, and how you can avoid a similar situation in the future, i.e. “if I play video games after work, I will not go to the gym. Don’t play video games after work!“Once a mistake is made, own it and move on to the next thing. For example, if you skipped a study session, make it up tomorrow, and keep on moving. A few small mistakes shouldn’t spoil your resolution for the year!
The biggest literature said run toward excellence success comes automatically. Hope you will make a great resolution for your New year. It might be anything as per your choice. You can set a goal for your carrier. We hope these 10 steps help you follow through with your resolutions and make your coming New Year the best fill with success.
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