2015 is here and many of us reflect on the previous year and create new goals based on how things went in our personal or professional lives. Sticking to resolutions can be exceptionally difficult – you define a list of new goals or changes in behavior, and after a few days or weeks, you find yourself succumbing to your old ways. It’s tough – we have all been there. Here we scoured the web to provide you with ideas on how to stick to your resolutions in 2015:
Make One Change at a Time: Think of willpower as your internet bandwidth at home – you have a limited amount of it. Stream too many things at once and performance will deteriorate. It is the same with willpower – try to select a handful of things that you know deserve your willpower instead of spreading yourself too thin (WebMD).
Break it Up: Since the supply of self-control is limited, make finite resolutions that require small acts of will, not weeks of vigilance (WebMD).
Outwit Your Inner Rebel: Your goals should not be absolutes (e.g. all or none). Try to set reasonable goals – so if you want to give up sweets, why not put limited conditions rather than try to give it up altogether (“I will only eat sweets if I go to a restaurant with my family”). (WebMD).
Document Your Success(es): Research has proven that those who actually write down their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who simply take mental vows. Sounds obvious, but how many of us have truly written down our goals for the day, week, month, or year? This is actually great advice! (WebMD)
Be Reasonable with Setbacks: Nobody is perfect, and it is literally impossible not to have setbacks on your path to success. Rather than coming down hard on yourself when these setbacks occur, try to be constructive about it and see them as part of the journey. (Forbes)
Use the Buddy System: Research has shown that those who shared their goals with a friend were 33% more successful than those who didn’t. I agree with this and personally feel that sharing resolutions is a great source of motivation.(Time.com)
Forget the Backup: People that have a plan “B” are less likely to attain their original objectives, possibly because a backup seems like less of a failure and more of a reasonable alternative. (Mercola.com)
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Good luck with your resolutions!