Are you one of those people who start the new year with a brand-new resolution? Do you also have a bunch of resolutions you keep meaning to complete from the last 5 years? The psychology behind new year’s resolutions is complex, I’m no expert, but I certainly know enough to re-evaluate my new year’s resolutions.
You know why? They just aren’t going to work.
They’re unrealistic. I don’t actually enjoy them, and I have about as much self-control as someone who orders a whole pizza and expects to eat only one slice.
Realistically, people tend to give up on their new year’s resolutions about 5 months in. Especially those ridiculous fitness ones “I’m going to go for a run every day this year!” It gets cold and going for a run in cold or wet weather just sucks.
Editor’s Note: For anyone who doesn’t live in Australia, it’s tough during our winter, if it even comes close to 20 degree’s we’re inside cuddling up to our heaters. HA!
I’m not trying to say New Year’s Resolutions are useless, just the opposite actually as long as they’re done right.
Here’s how to ensure your new year’s resolution wont flop by winter;
1) Be realistic.
Going for a run every day is near impossible unless you ignore the weather and have no changes in your schedule ever. What is manageable is telling yourself that your going to go for a run at least twice a week giving you the flexibility to change your schedule.
2) Choose something you enjoy.
Maybe your new year’s resolution is to make more money. How? Doing What? When? Airy Fairy resolutions only set you up for failure and you’ll end up doing some dead-end job you hate. Do you know what happens then? You spend all your time not working “Treating yo Self” because you worked so hard at a job you hate.
Pro tip: choose a job you love, with great co-workers to make some extra cash. You’ll enjoy it so much, you won’t lash out at your spending despite it. Little cafés are great for this as they have such a great atmosphere for their employees.
3) Create small time-sensitive goals that push towards your new year’s resolution.
Is your new year’s resolution to start a business? Why not plan to have built a business plan within a month, and then the next month’s goal is to create an elevator pitch. Sometimes a larger resolution becomes tiring and easily disposed of, by implementing small goals, you can reward yourself more often.
Your resolution shouldn’t be daunting and it sure as hell shouldn’t be hard. Remember, the whole point of new year’s resolutions was to improve yourself, use it for motivation but don’t be too hard on yourself. Sticking firm to a new year’s resolution no matter how small or simple is better than not finishing at all. While the team at Forward Focus always strives to accomplish their new year’s resolutions, we’re better at helping you fulfil yours. If you’d like to start the year with a free no obligation business consultation, please contact us today at (08) 9474 6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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