By Damilola Faustino
It’s another New Year and obviously, quite a significant number of people are thinking about their New Year resolutions while others already have theirs. Whatever the case may be, it is very easy to make resolutions. However, the problem is keeping and achieving the resolutions in the next 365 days. These hacks will help you keep your resolutions in 2018 and eventually see them through:
Ensure it is SMART
The first step to keeping your New Year’s resolution is to make it SMART. SMART means all of your goals are SMART – Specific, Measurable,
Use the power of words
The way you phrase your resolution can increase your chances of achieving them. If you phrase your resolution in a way that establishes and affirms your basic identity, it will be more powerful than if you simply resolved to carry out a specific action. For example, instead of resolving to save more or spend less in 2018, your resolution could be phrased as follows: “I am a responsible saver, and as a result, I will have enough money to take care of myself”
Make the first step today
Procrastination is part of humans. But have it at the back of your mind that the more you procrastinate the more you are distancing yourself from success. Take the first active step of your New Year’s resolution from day one. If you want to own a business, start from day one.
Try keeping it to yourself
Sharing your New Year’s resolution with others offers you lots of emotional support from family and friends. But know that the recognition you get for talking about a big goal convinces your brain you’ve already achieved the goal, making you less likely to put in the work.
Have a plan
if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. The key to fulfilling a New Year’s resolution is not writing it down on January 1 so you can forget about it three weeks later. It’s about making a consistent effort, sticking with it when it’s rough, and knowing what your next step is. Today, write your resolutions down – but then make a roadmap for how you’re going to achieve them.
Be patient with yourself
Changes do not occur overnight. Your small, daily actions will bring about big changes. As such, consistency is key and before you know it, you realise that your small steps have had a snowball effect and have manifested big results.
Everyone needs motivation to stay the course. So set goals to attain certain milestones, such as a target amount of savings or weight loss. When you reach that target, celebrate and buy yourself a small reward, such as a dinner on the town or some item you’ve been eyeing at the store. That way, you make it fun and it doesn’t feel like all your efforts are a sacrifice.
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