A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life.Research shows that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions but fewer than 10% actually keep them.
Usually, resolutions come in the form of lifestyle changes and changing a behaviour that has become habitual (even if they are not problematic) can be hard to do.The main reason that people don’t stick to their resolutions is the fact that they set too many or in some cases, are unrealistic to achieve, They may also be victims of “false hope syndrome” Which is characterised by a person’s unrealistic expectations about the likely speed, amount, ease and consequences of changing their behaviour.
For some people, it takes something radical for them to change their ways. for example, It can take a medical diagnosis to give up habits like smoking and alcohol intake.However, making and keeping a New Year’s resolution is totally do-able, the below guides will help you do just that.
- Be realistic – Make resolutions that are practical and can be kept, if you are trying to quit a particular habit, a very achievable approach will be to reduce the duration of indulgence gradually overtime rather than stoping abruptly.
- One at a time – You may have a list of several resolutions but the best way to go about it is to stick to just one thing at a time,only proceeding after achieving the previous one.
- Inform people who care about you – friends and family who really do care about you will assist you in keeping your resolutions by monitoring your behaviour and keeping temptation far from you.
- Avoid situations that could cause relapse – It is always best to avoid people and environments that indulge in habits or attitudes you are trying to quit so as not to be tempted to or actually participate.
- Plan rewards – you’ll find that when you reward yourself for keeping a particular rule, you will be excited about maintaining it and keeping more.This self motivation goes a long way in achieving your goals.
Finally, whatever your goals are this new year, good luck with them, but remember, it’s your life and you make your own luck.
Here’s wishing you a very fulfilling New Year.