Or For Any Time Of Year
It is that time of year again when we think about what we have and have not accomplished, and then commit to a slew of resolutions.
According to a study on New Year’s Resolutions by the University of Scranton (Journal of Clinical Psychology, December 13, 2012), of the 45% of Americans who make resolutions, only 8% successfully achieve their resolutions and 40% have infrequent success. The good news is that Americans who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who do not make resolutions.
So setting resolutions (aka goals) are valuable! Yet the difficult part is sticking to them, since most of our goals are demanding and require a significant change in self. Plus the new goals compete for time in our already jam-packed schedule.
Instead of committing to the same resolutions you created last year, try some new resolutions that are geared toward self-improvement. It is best you select one or two goals that you can incorporate into your busy daily life. Accept upfront that it is not a setback if you get off track, but merely an opportunity to get back on track. If a resolution is too broad (requiring an epic change), then break it down into more manageable goals, accompanied by specific time periods. This increases your chances of successfully achieving resolutions.
For example if you want to stop negative thoughts, select “Have positive thoughts” off the resolution list below. Next make the resolution more specific, such as “Have only positive thoughts about my body, specifically, my waistline.” Then set a manageable deadline (perhaps three months) to successfully complete the change. Once accomplished, you may add another goal related to positive thoughts and set a new deadline.
To help you achieve your resolution, you will need to hold yourself accountable. Write out the resolution and deadline, then put it in a place where you will see it often (wallet, undergarment drawer, refrigerator, desk). Finally, set reminder alarms regarding your deadline in your cell phone calendar.
A special note to those of you with children. A great way to empower your children is to give them the Youth resolutions and encourage them to set healthy goals and achieve them.
The following life-changing resolutions are actually a way of life for healthy and fulfilled living. May you be successful with your resolutions and have a rewarding 2014!
Wishing you happiness.