It takes great discipline to keep a promise you made to yourself, and most of the New Year’s resolutions made in January 2021 won’t even make it through to July.
Do you wonder what your life would be like if you did what you needed to do to be a better person? Are you tired of disappointing yourself year after year, with plenty of goals but nothing to show for it?
This could be the year you break the cycle of bad habits that have bound you for so long. We’ve got five foolproof steps to help you make this a reality:
It doesn’t help to carry the burden on your own, especially when there’s someone you can get help from. If you’re planning to lose weight, why not get a gym buddy or someone you can prepare healthy food with?
If you struggle with accountability in your finances, why not get a loved one to serve as your treasurer? If you want to get rid of your debt, get debt help from a licensed professional to help lighten the burden.
Making use of friends, family, and professionals can mean the difference between suffering miserably on your own and having a proper support structure to back you up in anything you do.
Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination
What you focus on can either motivate you or disempower you. Anyone can have goals; the key is to know how you’ll achieve those goals.
Map out a clear plan of action, make sure you can evaluate your progress in a quantifiable way, and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Set alarms and reminders, and record your journey on a calendar if you have to – whatever will make you accountable for your actions.
Everybody needs incentives. People usually do things because they know they’ll get something out of them. While the results of your efforts should be incentive enough, it does help to recognize every milestone as you reach it. This will help your mind register the fact that you’re actually making progress, which will only serve to encourage you even more.
Hope for the best, Prepare for the Worst
You need to see yourself as the person you’re planning to become. It would do you well to think of the things that might stand in your way. If you see a challenge coming, it’s easier to deal with it than if you allow it to blindside you.
Think of every single possibility and prepare to deal with them all. Anyone can plan their life on a piece of paper, but those who don’t gear up for curveballs are likely to cave under pressure.
Have Bite-Sized Goals
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming big, and you should definitely strive to push yourself to the limits. After all, this is the only way you’ll find out what you’re really made of.
Be that as it may, it’s also important that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Take it one step at a time. Make sure you have smaller objectives that will lead you to bigger ones.
Remember, you have a whole year ahead of you, and nobody ever dropped a habit or adopted one in a day. These things take time and effort – there’s no shortcut around it.
Every small breakthrough will serve as evidence that you can do it. Think of it the way you did when you were awarded gold stars in elementary school – once you get one, you just can’t get enough of them.