LIFESTYLE: Tips on Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions
December 29, 2018 UDOU Team
Have you listed down your resolutions for next year? If nah, read through our tips on achieving your New Year’s resolution and maybe we will be able to help you keep them.
Ahh, the sound of people scribbling down new year’s resolution is getting louder and louder. We get it! It’s a new year, improvements should be done. But wait, before you finish your list, check out our tips on achieving your new year’s resolution! Maybe this can help you keep your new goals for 2019.
Studies show that only around 10% of people all over the world are successful in keeping their new year’s resolution. Come to think of it, it is really sad because new years are supposed to be a beacon of hope and great changes. We don’t want the day to come when you’ve given up on yourself because you always fail in keeping and achieving your goals. So we have decided to help out and list down ten tips to help you achieve your resolutions this 2019.
It can be fun to list down a bunch of things you want to change this 2019 and we admire your positivity and confidence that you will achieve all of them! Just keep in mind that as people, we are limited and we don’t want you listing down goals that are beyond your capabilities and then leave you disappointed for another year.
Of course, we have our own strengths and weaknesses as individuals and what one can achieve in a month, another can achieve in a week. So just be honest with yourself, if you can set just one goal, that’s totally fine as long as you’ll be successful in doing it.
Think it through
Again, it’s easy to write down your resolutions but always remember that these are changes that you want to keep to improve your way of life so you have to really think about what you want to do.
For example, why do you want to stop smoking? According to Anthony Robbins if we are trying to change a habit we need to switch up our pains and pleasure associated with the activity. So in terms of smoking, when you’re still enjoying the activity your pain could be, “If I don’t get a hit, I won’t be able to relax myself” or “I can’t let it go because it is now part of my identity”; pleasure could be “It makes me feel cool” or “Smoking calms my nerves”.
Now once you have decided that you want to stop, you change your perspective of it. Pain can now be “Smoking is deteriorating my health” or “It’s giving me bad breath” and pleasure can be “I can do cardio better once I stop smoking” or “I’ll be able to save money from not buying cigarettes”. If you keep the latter perspective, it’ll help convince your subconscious that it’s the truth and will make quitting easier.
You see, once you’ve established what you really want to change and understand why you want to change it, you’ll have a foundation for your goal which makes the bigger picture easier to focus on and will strengthen your determination.
Break down to steps
Sometimes what’s wrong with us is that we think that once we’ve set a goal and wrote it down, that’s it, we work to it in an unorganized manner. But in achieving goals we need to make a constructive plan on how to get to it. You don’t climb up a ladder without the steps. So our advice is to make a step by step program for you to follow as a guide to achieve your goal. That way it’ll be easier for you to track your progress whenever you get through a step.
Keep track of your progress
Taking topless photos or “flexing” photos is frowned upon by many, but for some fitness enthusiasts, this is their way to track their progress. And if your progress is not really something you can take a photo of, you can opt to write down instead. Studies show that successful individuals keep journals. These are where they write their ideas and progress when they are trying to achieve a goal.
Writing according to Dr. Mark Rowe activates a part of the brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS) which is amazing in keeping focus and processing information. This will be helpful when tracking progress because we’ll be able to decipher what are the things we’re doing right and things we need to improve on. Plus, it will make you aware of the mini-successes that you achieve which will then produce the neurotransmitter dopamine that will then improve our mood and keep us motivated to push forward.
Speaking of mini-successes. Once you’ve achieved something in your step-by-step program, treat yourself. Positive reinforcement was proven extremely effective in many studies. So keep yourself motivated by getting ice cream or buying yourself a new pair of shoes, whatever it is that makes you happy. It will be like your mini-victory party.
Keep it a secret or not. You do you!
Derek Sivers discussed in a TED talk that people who keep their goals a secret tends to achieve their goals more likely than those who announce it. Based on studies sharing our goals to other people already gives our body a feeling of satisfaction because of the social acknowledgment we get from it, this then leads to us not doing any work because we already feel accomplished.
Although, there is a contrary belief that telling other people about our goals leaves us accountable for it and pushes us to work toward it more. What we’re saying here is it really depends on your personality. Choose the one that you believe will work for you and work with it. After all, you do you.
Work on your EQ
According to psychologists John Mayer and Peter Salovey, our emotional quotient (EQ) are our ability to control our emotions and it allows us to make a better judgment, influence others, and achieve more in life. A person with high EQ are those who are self-aware, has empathy, knows how to handle criticism, knows which to prioritize, are adaptable, and are optimistic. So if you wish to achieve your new year’s resolutions, it is crucial that you improve your EQ.
If you relapse, don’t punish yourself
In the process of working towards your goal, it is not impossible to relapse. And that is okay. As human beings, we are susceptible to giving in to temptation and making mistakes so don’t punish yourself for it. Just make sure to refrain from doing the same mistakes and start again.
Don’t give up
Lastly, don’t give up.
“…it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Sylvester Stalone, Rocky Balboa
We hope that these Tips on Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions is helpful for you! We are all here to support you in achieving your goals! Share with us your NY resolutions and other tips you want to add. Leave them all down the comment section below or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh. Happy New Year to you all!