2015 came, you resolved to maintain a diary, in 2016, you thought you would start saving for your car, 2017 was the year you thought you were going to travel more often, and 2018’s resolution was to get back in shape.
Like “Promises”, “Resolutions” also, are meant to be broken!
Feeling like a loser? Don’t! We belong to the more human lot, who don’t always manage to keep their resolutions. Let this year be different for you though. How? Let bon happetee help you make more realistic goals this year. This New Year DON’T resolve to lose weight.
Most of us make New Year Resolutions like losing weight, not smoking or drinking at all, etc., which not only fall into a very big umbrella but also are way too unrealistic. We cannot expect to quit smoking all of a sudden when we have been smoking a pack every two days. These resolutions are destined to fail. We’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals! Here’s how you can be SMART about this. Make resolutions that are:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
T – Time-bound
Don’t abandon the idea of making resolutions because you have not been able to keep them in the past. You may simply have to readjust your goals rather than completely give up the idea of making any resolutions at all. The following ideas can help you make healthy and attainable goals this year:
Make one resolution at a time: Most of us usually fail because we make too many resolutions at a time. There’s no need to over-complicate things. There’s no need to start reading every day while trying to hit the gym every day while still trying to keep your organizational OCD in control. Be easy on yourself. Make ONE goal, stick to it, put all your effort into it, achieve it, reward yourself, and then move on to the next one.
Be More Realistic: A resolution to completely give up on chocolates and pastries by the year-end, for a person with a crazy sweet tooth is completely unrealistic. Likewise, resolving to stop all your unhealthy habits at once is likely to turn out to be a failed attempt. Pick an attainable goal. For example, if your resolution is to eat healthier, begin by eliminating one unhealthy food from your diet at a time, not all of them at once. You are never going to stick to a healthy eating habit if it makes you feel restricted.
Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve: Like the Monday, the 1st January never comes either. So, pick a different date this time. Start on a day that you wake up feeling alive and energized. Just get into the groove of your new healthy regimen on a random day, say 5th January.
Avoid previous approaches: We’d suggest you start afresh and change the complete list of resolutions. But, if there are some necessary changes that you need to make, at least take a new approach. Say your resolution is to get fit, and you have tried going to the gym last year, give dancing or swimming a shot this time. Get your spouse involved too, fitness ka fitness aur romance ka romance! What say?
Don’t follow the crowd: It doesn’t always have to be about weight loss or getting a promotion. Don’t follow the crowd and use the oldest resolution ideas in the book. Instead, think out of the box, think about what you really want to do in life. Make resolutions that will take you closer to your life goal. If your dream is to be a travel blogger, your resolution could be as simple as exploring one new place every month.
Set a time limit: We work best when we have deadlines, don’t we? You will be able to work out a better plan if you set a deadline for yourself. If you know you have to read 5 books in 3 months, you will know how long you’ll have to read every day or every week. So, make it work for you in this case too. Also, keep your goals short term, so it’s manageable and it gives you a sense of accomplishment sooner. This will motivate you to the bigger goals.
Use triggers: Make life easier by pre-planning. This may feel like a very small, trivial step but trust us, this is what will push you through. It could be as simple as setting clothes for exercise at night or put up a post-it on the snack cupboard to make better choices. Having that subtle reminder every day will help keep you on track, and reinforce the new behavior pattern easily.
Use the buddy system: Inner motivation works the best, but at times sharing your goals with friends and family gives you that extra boost. It helps you to get a step closer to where you want to get. It’s that “little” extra push which will help drive you towards your goal.
Embrace your little imperfections: They make you who you are. Sure, you can make a few changes and become a better version of you. Regularly remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goals. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.
Of course, it will be difficult. It will require dedication and tremendous willpower plus sacrifice. You need to push your body harder & resist that temptation. But, we promise you, when you reach your goals, it will be worth it.
And if you are finding it very difficult to keep up with your weight loss resolutions, fret not, because, bon happetee, which has guided you in 2018, will continue to help you in your weight loss journey in 2019! DOWNLOAD HERE
Step up your willpower and make the change. All the very best and a happy new year!