Few more hours to go before the New Year and many of us should be busy finalizing the resolution list. Except that there is a problem with my resolutions every year – I find it extremely difficult to keep them beyond 7th of January.
Determined to get it right this time, I have been trawling the net for those secret ingredients to keep resolutions real and lasting (more like 7 months). I have also taken time to reflect on my slip-ups (my walking challenge) and occasional successes (this blog) with resolutions.
I was on a quest to find out if there is a secret formula to make the resolutions successful. Though what I found during my research, kind of surprised me. Whilst there is no precise formula, it looks like there are a number of simple steps you could follow to improve your chances of winning. Most of them are common sense stuff, though there are few odd counter-intuitive tips as well.
1. Start – Surely this is the easiest thing to do. Make sure you do it
2. Keep it real – Overnight success are stuff of movies, be true to yourself
3. Keep it a secret – Do not publicize your goals before you even start – apparently your brain interprets it as an achievement of the goal and affects your motivation to actually achieving the goal
4. Celebrate Success – Positive reinforcement works like magic, make sure you celebrate every milestone
5. Buddy-Up – Look around you and identify a source of encouragement and feedback – for that occasional push and to pull you out of the drenches when required
6. Start Again – Expect to go off-track every so often, but important thing is to re-start
7. Mix-it-Up – Variety, they say is the spice of life and indeed is at the heart of keeping your resolution routine interesting.
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