Fail no more, take these tips to keep your New Year’s resolutions

  • Prerna Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2016 16:55 IST
Why do we find it so hard to stick to our new year’s resolutions? Maybe because we forget to keep the following things in mind: (Shutterstock)

Another year has ushered in and you have made an entirely new set of resolutions. But for some people, another new year means another set of new year’s resolutions which are bound to fail. Not this time, though!

We have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts which can help you make sure that you stick to your new year’s resolutions.

Why do we find it so hard to stick to our new year’s resolutions? Maybe because we forget to keep the following things in mind:

1 Make attainable goals

The most important tip is to make sure that what you are resolving to do is attainable by you. Make resolutions that you think you can keep, and instead of resolving to do what you resolve to do every year but can’t seem to stick to, pick more realistic goals. For instance, if you are looking forward to adopting a healthier lifestyle or to lose weight, seek to bring in the change gradually instead of trying to eliminate all the junk out of your life in one week.

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2 Plan ahead

Only good intentions aren’t good enough. Make an actual plan to achieve what you want to in the new year. Having a plan in hand will equip you with the tools and will help you in your sticking to the resolution more diligently. Having a plan will also help you in charting your progress, which is another important step in keeping your resolution.

3 Chart your progress

Keep a track of your progress. (Shutterstock)

Charting your progress will provide positive reinforcement and propel you to achieve your goals. Breaking each individual resolution into smaller parts and keeping a track of each small achievement may further motivate you to go all the way in achieving your ultimate goal.

4 Focus on a small number of changes at a time

Instead of spreading your focus on a deluge of unattainable goals, try and skim down your wish-list to a small number, so that you can focus more sincerely on a small number of goals and achieve them.

5 Anticipate problems

You are bound to hit some hurdles during your journey. Try and make an exhaustive list of what those could be, and how you will cope with them.

6 Talk about it

Talking to your partner or other family members will also help. (Shutterstock)

Instead of keeping your resolution a secret, talk about it with your family and friends. Not only will this result in increased motivation from a second party but your friends might alter their behaviour in accordance with your resolution, ultimately benefiting you. They will provide you with support and keep you focused on your goal; they may also be able to give you the required push if and when you feel like quitting.

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7 Accept failure

You are expected to mess up during your journey. Beating yourself up over the occasional slip-up is not going to help you achieve your goals. Make sure that you use positive language with yourself, are persistent, patient and accept the fact that you will fail at times, and that it is okay to do so.

8 Reward yourself

Reward yourself but make sure the reward doesn’t contradict the resolution. (Shutterstock)

Rewarding yourself for each successive accomplishment of goals can help motivate you better. However, make sure that your celebration doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you resolved to eat better this year, don’t indulge in box of chocolates as a reward — instead, go out for a movie with a friend or buy new fitness clothing.

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