Keeping your New Year's Resolutions
A new year's resolution list is relatively easy to make, but fulfilling everything on the list proves to be the most challenging. If you want to break from the cycle of failing your resolutions every year, you should know how to fire up your motivation and never give up when faced with obstacles. This sounds easier said than done.
We all have different goals from stabilizing our personal growth and adopting healthier habits to focusing on our happiness. Whatever you plan to achieve this year is doable if you believe in yourself. But that alone is often not enough to follow through with what we have written on our list.
For starters, have realistic and measurable goals. Once that is settled, you can proceed with planning to make it happen. Have self-control, discipline, and patience. Invest time and effort in your goals. Prioritize and expect some discomfort along the way. It takes time for new routines to become habits, approximately 66 days.
Science-Backed Approaches to Keeping Your Resolutions
Expressing your will over your intentions is the key to making your New Year's resolutions a reality.
- Lessen The Stress- When we are stressed, it created a barrier to self-discipline which results in comprised intentions.
- Do Self-talk- Your inner voice can wield powerful self-control.
- Exercise Regularly- Increased blood flow to the frontal lobe from exercising is associated with higher-level cognitive function and executive functioning.
- Tell Someone- They can offer you support while holding you accountable for your goals.
- Empathize- Demonstrating empathy motivates self-control and motivates a change in behavior.
Change takes time. When you fail, be forgiving and gentle with yourself. You can always get back on your feet and start again. Be persistent!