Three days to end of 2012 and four days to see the start of 2013, about this time so many people are rounding up a lot of things and preparing to start a whole lot of others because of the new year including the practice of making NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS. Are you planning to make one? Then this is for you.
A New Year’s resolution is commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year’s Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year’s resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous
The number of people that don’t keep a resolution they make is as much as the number of people that make a resolution from the beginning because of various reasons. A 2007 study by RICHARD WISEMAN from the University of Bristol shows that 88% of people who made New Year resolutions fail to keep them. It only makes me wonder why people fail at keeping what they were so confident of keeping from the beginning. I even have friends that don’t even remember what resolutions they made just about 3 months in the New Year and I have come up with these 5 tips on keeping a NEW YEAR resolution if you must make one.
- Focus on only one resolution. Now, so many of us don’t know that it is very vital to have just one resolution at a time. Making more than one resolution only makes your mind divided on which to concentrate on. Like the proverbial “killing two birds with one stone”, you will simply end up failing at the two. So make it just ONE at a time!
- Be specific. If you must make a resolution, then be specific about what you want. Being specific only makes it easier to achieve it. Instead of resolving to stop a BAD HABIT, why don’t you resolve to stop SMOKING (if that’s actually part of your bad habits). The more specific the better and easier to keep
- Make it a team effort. Don’t be ashamed to tell your friends and family about your resolution no matter what it is. Team effort only makes it easier for you to keep your resolution. When you inform your friends and family about your resolution, they will do all they can to see that you keep it. They won’t want to leave you in environments that will hinder your keeping the resolution. It will also take off the pressure of doing what you are not supposed to do in order to please your friends.
- Commit it to paper. The power of writing can never be under estimated and that is why the most important and legal of all documents are in writing. When you write down your resolution and stick it to where you can always see, maybe just directly opposite your bed in the room, or in your car, in the dining room, everywhere that it will be visible, it serves to remind you about the resolution all the time and you will be less likely to break it. Keep it short, simple and clear!
- It is okay to mess up once. Messing up your resolution once shouldn’t be seen as failure. Don’t allow it to weigh you down or demoralize you. It is okay to fail at it once, stopping a habit is usually more difficult than starting. When you realize that you have done what you have resolved to stop, just don’t feel too sad, pick up your acts, move on and try not to repeat it.
Ultimately, if you must make a New Year resolution, to keep it,you must also RESOLVE TO KEEP IT!
DON’T MAKE IT IF YOU WON’T KEEP IT!!
Wishing all my numerous readers and friends a wonderful NEW YEAR ahead and please don’t forget to share your NEW YEAR RESOLUTION with me.
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