A Resolution is a decision to change a habit, create a new habit or make a set of new decisions. It is the start of a New Year and lots of people are making and currently having difficulty sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. Therefore, we will show you how to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions in 10 easy steps without making a big difference to your lifestyle.
1. RECOGNIZE THAT IT WILL NOT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT
One of the biggest misconceptions people have about making resolutions is that they believe changing their habits is automatic. Or that making the decision imbues them with unwavering capacity to change despite daily temptations. It does not work that way. Know that and know peace.
2. ALL LEARNING IS A PROCESS
You need to realize that all learning is a process built up on other processes and you need to learn to trust the process and do the work the process requires.
3. HAVE A TIMELINE
You need to have a timeline from the beginning of your resolution, stating where you currently are at. And of course, where you are headed and a point at which you can stop.
4. USE POWERFUL VERBS
Using powerful verbs of commitment trick your mind into believing in your resolution. If you state your Resolution as a hope, “I want to try to stop smoking cigarettes”, it probably wouldn’t work. But if you phrase it using a verb that conveys the weight of your decision, “I am COMMITTED to stop smoking cigarettes”, you’ve placed yourself on the path to the goal.
5. MAKE YOUR DECISION PUBLIC
Telling the people who constitute your closest associations about your decisions makes it public. Your pride and your presumed loss of their respect might be the spur you need to reach your goal.
6. DAILY REMINDERS ABOUT YOUR RESOLUTION
Daily affirmations on your commitment to your resolution and how you plan to achieve the resolutions. If you succeeded in achieving the resolution the previous day, acknowledge that and remind yourself on subsequent day. Most people respond better to praise than to critique and praise makes them more conscious of their actions lest they fail.
7. HAVE AN ACCOUNTABILITY CHECKLIST
An accountability checklist is a list of how you will make it to your goal. If your goal is to quit smoking completely for a reason or the other, you need to state that reason, state your most common temptations, state your failures on a daily basis, have a unique punishment created for each time you fail making sure to have self-compassion and have a reward system for each time you succeed, making sure to realize that your intermediate successes are not your end goal.
8. HAVE AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
An accountability partner is only as good as your accountability checklist. It helps to have human interaction and reinforcement on the road to your resolutions. You do need to make sure there is an atmosphere created by you and your partner for total honesty. Welcome suggestions also. That is one of the reasons Alcoholics Anonymous has thrived so long.
9. HAVE POINTERS TO POSITIVE ACTIONS AND USE CONSTRUCTIVE IMAGERY
You need to create cues for actions you want to leave. If you are addicted to smoking, you need to have notes around your house, especially when you get stressed to remind you not to reach for a cigarette. Use constructive imagery in visualizing yourself not reaching for a cigarette when you’re stressed but instead doing something else.
10. REPLACE YOUR ADDICTION
If your addiction is to exercise, you need to replace it with something that doesn’t take such a physical toll on your body such as going out and socializing, if you’re addicted to something unhealthy, try to replace it with something healthier such as yoga, running or Pilates.