New Year resolutions

How to stick to New Year resolutions

Having a New Year resolutions sets the benchmark for your goal. The resolutions need to be achievable. 

1. FOCUS ON ONE BEHAVIOR-ORIENTED GOAL.
Channel your energy into just one goal and make that your priority.
Pick specific behaviors; instead of picking abstractions.For e.g. Instead of vowing to lose weight this year, perhaps try aiming to eat more fruits and vegetables.

2.COMMIT TO THE PROCESS AND DON’T GET DISCOURAGED WHEN YOU FALL.
You must believe that you have the potential to grow. In other words, you must adopt a growth mindset and believe that you have the ability to work on and improve your talents, skills and potential. This will help you to tackle obstacles, allowing you to learn from your past mistakes and try again instead of giving up right away.

3. BUILD A HABIT AND MAKE IT STICK BY STARTING OFF TINY.
Rely on habits. Minimize temptations. Save your energy. Don’t rely on self-control.

Go small — even tiny.

Specify concrete steps that you can practice on a consistent basis. Identify a trigger or a cue that will set off the routine, and follow that up with a reward.

4. CELEBRATE EVEN THE SMALLEST OF SUCCESSES.
Celebration can come in many forms. The way in which you celebrate is not nearly as important as the fact that there is a celebration to begin with. You’ll have an incentive to keep driving the habit loop, and your chances of success will increase exponentially.
Recording your progress can help you identify your small wins and consequently encourage you to continue on your journey — even on tough days.

5. FINALLY, MAKE SURE YOU’RE HAVING FUN WITH YOUR RESOLUTION AND ACHIEVEMENT.

Enjoy the journey.

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Chandra Gopalan

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07 Jan, 2015

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