Planning for new start
Making new-year resolutions has never been easier
HAPPY new year. Do you have a new-year resolution? There is something emotionally enticing about the prospect of turning over a new leaf at this time of year.
The new beginning, the clean slate, this year is the year of me. We are all perched on the precipice of the new year and the anticipation of what it might bring.
It is the time of year our awareness percolates around what we may need to do to better in our lives or ourselves in 2019.
New-year resolutions are an almost universal activity that brings hope.
Resolutions usually come in the form of lifestyle changes, are work related or social goals. In essence newyear resolutions relate to changing behaviours that have become routine, habitual and possibly problematic.
So how do we stick to our new-year resolutions? Researchers found that, in order to adhere to your resolution, it needs to be enjoyable not just important.
In other words, we make the mistake of believing that we will stick to the plan to attain the goal because it is clearly important to do.
Instead what really matters is how much we can take pleasure from our initial efforts to start anew.
In conjunction with enjoyment, it is important to understand better why we tend not to look after ourselves in the first place.
Is it a lack of motivation due to sadness or stress? Is it because we put others first? Is it poor time management or something else?
In order to change your day-to-day behaviour, you also need to change how you think about yourself and how you tackle the new-year resolution. For example, be realistic with yourself, less is more, just have one resolution; do it with others; tell someone your resolution or don’t depending on what motivates you best; accept lapses as part of the process and make your resolution specific, achievable, enjoyable and time bound.
Unhelpful habits take years to become ingrained so be patient with yourself and take the opportunity to learn about yourself.
For example, ask yourself if you do give in where, when or how. Bbecome familiar with what giving in looks like for you and try not to get despondent just begin again and start afresh each day.