Setting and planning goals is easy. Very easy. But following them and keeping to the rules? Not so much. So we’re now three weeks into the New Year – can you believe? And I am sure that the majority of you Bingo Roomies, have set yourselves some very interesting, tough goals or resolutions. That’s great, because who wants to get out of bed in the morning with no motivation at all? It’s a great feeling knowing you’re trying something new, or moving towards something important. The New Year happens to be the perfect launching pad to do just that.
The New Year is a natural time to try for a new start and do things better. Some of the most common resolutions- to lose weight, exercise more, and quit smoking – are all healthy habits that can help you lower risks of illness and benefit you for the rest of your lives. Statistics tell us that more than 40% of American adults (Bingo lovers included :)) make New Year’s resolutions, and almost half of them keep their resolutions for at least 6 months.
The important thing when setting new resolutions is to stick to one thing and do it well. Make one resolution, keep it.
Here are 5 tips for you to follow and try to keep your resolutions going;
1. Be realistic: One reason why a good number of New Year Resolutions don’t work is because people bit off more than they can chew. It is of essential importance that the chosen resolution is something which is extremely manageable to the individual. For example, committing to eating chocolate once a week is much more realistic than saying you’ll never eat chocolate again. So please, be realistic.
2. Be Specific: This I would say comes hand in hand with the first point. Its’ easy enough saying you’re going to lose weight. But losing 5lbs is one thing and losing 50 lbs is another. So make sure to specify your desired target because if not you risk of losing interest in pursuing your goal resulting in quitting completely. And then what? Back to square one!
3. Write your Plan of Action: You have so far come up with a realistic and specific goal / target. Now the next question you need to ask yourself is; how are you going to make it happen? Saying you will start following a healthier lifestyle is a great initiative, but have you thought about what measures you’re willing to take? Map out what it’s really going to take to achieve (time, effort, strong will) to make your goal a reality.
4. Make it Meaningful: Ask yourself why you want to set yourself this resolution and goal. Ask yourself how pursuing the established goal, will make you a better person. If the answers you find within yourself point to the right direction, then well done! You’re going after the right thing.
5. Talk with your friends: It’s always good to have someone to talk to and share personal stuff. This may be one of them. It could be an old friend, a good friend, a family member or co-worker even. Talk to people who will support you, who support your thinking. Talking about your goals and targets will make them even more concrete, while creating accountability.