I t’s that time of the year again. Strap on your seat belt as you journey through your gym: packed full of people walking around awkwardly stretching their triceps. You are lost in a room full of fitness equipment that is never open, and it’s thanks to your good friend: New Year’s Resolutions.
I have good news, though. The gym will be back to normal in February, and the month of January is almost half over.
But…what if you’re the on e who’s lost? What if the journey I just described to you is a quasi Scorsese-Tarantino psychological thriller, and it turns out that you are the one who has set a New Year’s Resolution and is bound to fail by February. If so, then this article is for you. Alternatively, if you have a goal in mind for this year, then I will teach you how to achieve it. The method is simple, but it’s not going to be easy.
I’m trained in Aerospace Engineering, and one of the most important things I have learned is that you need to define a goal, then derive the requirements to reach that goal. That means picking a realistic goal and then figuring out the best plan of action to attain this goal. Easy enough.
Do you want to lose 100lbs this year? Do you want to gain 50lbs of muscle by September? Do you want to add 300lbs to your deadlift by March? While these things would be great, the possibility of you achieving these goals is slim to none. You’re just setting yourself up to be disappointed.
Instead, here are realistic expectations for muscle gain, weight loss, and strength:
Lean Muscle Gain
Beginner: 20–25lbs of muscle gained in 1 year
Intermediate: 10–12lbs of muscle gained in 1 year
Advanced: 5–6lbs of muscle gained in 1 year
1% of entire bodyweight lost per week.
Beginner: Add 5–10lbs per month per lift
Intermediate: Add 2.5–5lbs per month per lift
Advanced: Add 1.25–2.5lbs per month per lift (if that)
For instance, if your goal is to gain 25lbs this year, and you’re an advanced, this is an unrealistic goal.
Alternatively, if you want to gain 25lbs this year, and you’re a beginner, then this is an attainable goal.
Now, that you know what you want to achieve, and that it’s possible to achieve it, it’s time to work backward.
For instance, if you want to gain 25lbs of muscle this year, then that means you only need to gain approximately 1/2 a pound per week. This means gaining 1lb every 2 weeks. This is totally attainable if you work hard.
This is where your New Year’s Resolution is really spawned. From your Weekly or Biweekly mini-goal, we can devise a daily plan of action (and habits) to reach your weekly and biweekly mini goals. If you reach those weekly and biweekly mini goals, you will reach your final goal (your New Year’s Resolution).
Going back to our example of gaining 25lbs of muscle in one year, this means you’ll have to gain 0.5lbs each week. In order to build muscle, you need to train hard and eat enough to sustain the building of tissue.
Since this individual is a beginner, it means that he’ll need to train 3–4 days per week, hitting each muscle group 2–4 times per week. This is goal number one.
Action Goal #1: Lift weights 3–4 days per week; hitting each muscle group 2–4 times per week.
Our second action goal comes down to eating enough to sustain the muscle growth. In order to gain 1lb, you need to eat approximately 3500 extra Calories. In this example, the goal is to gain 1lb every 2 weeks, so this means eating an extra 3500 Calories every two weeks. This translates into an extra 250 Calories per day. This is goal #2.
Action Goal #2: Eat an extra 250 Calories (over maintenance) per day.
So, in the end, if you’re a beginner and your goal is to gain 25lbs of muscle this year, it means you’re going to need to do two things religiously:
1. Lift weights 3–4 days per week; hitting each muscle group 2–4 times per week.
2. Eat an extra 250 Calories (over maintenance) per day.
We stated the goal and then derived the requirements to reach it. Now, the only tough part is executing the plan. Stick to the plan, and you’ll crush your New Year’s Resolution.
If you’re looking for a proven plan, I recommend the Hybrid Muscle Cycle (for muscle gain), the 21 Day Body Recomp (for fat loss), and the DUP Method (for building strength). If you’re a woman, She Lifts is your all-in-one solution.
As 2017 comes to an end, many people start to wonder about new year resolutions and goals. Some make extensive lists, while some don’t bother at all, believing they will fail. Every new year, we come up with new goals to bring some change into our lives. Some resolutions are ones that we want to fulfill but never have in the past, and we use the new year as an excuse to put them into action. Believe it or not, there are many reasons to why it is extremely difficult to fulfill resolutions.
- Doing It Alone: When you make a resolution by yourself, you don’t have anyone but yourself to keep you motivated. Find someone to share the goal with and make it a routine to encourage each other.
- Sounds Good Resolutions: Many resolutions that we make sound really nice to say out loud but when we try to put them into action, we realize that it is not that easy to actually accomplish it.
- Time Management: Sometimes we make resolutions but don’t actually take the time to see how long it takes to accomplish the goal and how much time you need to put into it.
- Giving Up Easily: A big resolution breaker is the lack of interest. We lose interest in resolutions after realizing how much effort will have to be put into it. We also realize that we have other priorities in life and we set aside these resolutions.
- Lack of Honesty: Make a resolution that you know you will be able to accomplish. Often times, we make resolutions that we don’t think we’ll actually be able to accomplish. Make a goal that you know you will be able to achieve and don’t push yourself harder than you should be.
Some common resolutions that people make are wanting to lose weight, being happier, making more money to make a payment towards something, but these resolutions are not clear enough. Here are some ways that will help you come closer to fulfilling your resolutions:
- Ask yourself how much, by when, and why you want to lose, gain, earn, etc.. If you measure what you want, it is easier to be accomplished.
- Write down the things you need to do to accomplish your resolutions and make sure to set time aside to help you. Start with small resolutions and work your way up.
- Keep track of what you do every day that is helping you come closer to achieving our goal.
- Try to not repeat mistakes over and over again because they will turn into a bad habit and before you know it, it will be December 31st again.
- Do not quit if you start to fall back. Be patient and build back up to where you started.
Hopefully, this helps you stay on track and attain your goals and resolutions. Happy New Year, Mustangs!
Psychological Strategies That Can Help You Stick to Your Goals
Emily is a board-certified science editor who has worked with top digital publishing brands like Voices for Biodiversity, Study.com, GoodTherapy, Vox, and Verywell.
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The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is probably why so many people make New Year’s resolutions. The new year often feels like a fresh start and a great opportunity to change bad habits and establish new routines that will help you grow psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically, or intellectually. Of course, resolutions are much easier to make than to keep, and by the end of March, many of us have abandoned our resolve and settled back into our old patterns.
Why We Make Resolutions
In one study, only around 12% of people who make New Year’s resolutions felt that they were successful in achieving their goals. Some of the most common resolutions include losing weight, sticking to a healthier diet, exercising regularly, making better financial choices, quitting smoking, and spending more time with family.
While many people feel that they don’t necessarily achieve their resolution goals, there is some good news.
According to one study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, those who set New Year’s resolutions are 10 times more likely to actually change their behavior than people who don’t make these yearly goals.
Why do millions of people resolve to change at the beginning of every year? A series of studies into what researchers have dubbed the “fresh start effect” has looked at how temporal landmarks can motivate aspirational behaviors.
The new year feels like a new beginning, which is why so many people often set lofty resolutions during these times. While this practice can sometimes lead people to bite off more than they can chew, going after resolutions can also present great opportunities to overcome struggles with willpower, determination, and ingenuity.
So, what can you do to make it more likely that you will keep your next resolution? The following tips may help you beat the odds.
Choose a Specific Goal
Every year, millions of adults resolve to "lose weight," "be more productive," or "get in shape" during the next year. Instead of selecting such an ambiguous goal, focus on something more concrete that you can realistically set your sights on. In other words, choose a very specific, achievable goal.
For example, you might commit to losing 10 pounds, making daily to-do lists, or running a mini-marathon. Be sure to make your goal realistic rather than drastic. Choosing a concrete, achievable goal also gives you the opportunity to plan exactly how you are going to accomplish (and stick to) your goal over the course of the year.
Limit Your Resolutions
While you might have a long list of potential New Year's resolutions, Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at Hertfordshire University, suggests that you pick just one and focus your energies on it rather than spreading yourself too thin among a number of different objectives.
Focus on One Goal at a Time
Achieving even one small goal can boost your belief in yourself. For larger goals, consider breaking them apart into manageable chunks to work on one at a time. The American Psychological Association (APA) also suggests focusing on just one behavior at a time is more likely to lead to long-term success.
Taking on too much all at once can be daunting. It can be particularly difficult because establishing new behavioral patterns takes time and sustained effort. Focusing yourself on one specific goal makes keeping a resolution much more achievable.
Put Time Into Planning
Don't wait until the last minute to choose your goal. Picking your resolution wisely and putting in extensive planning are essential parts of achieving any goal. Experts suggest that you brainstorm how you will tackle a major behavior change, including the steps you will take, why you want to do it, and ways you can keep yourself on track.
Make a Detailed Plan
Creating a detailed written plan can help you stick to your goal. Why is this stage so critical for success? For one thing, it allows you to consider what tactics you will use when you're faced with challenges. When things get difficult, what strategies will you use to stay on the path toward making your resolution a reality?
If you start working toward a goal without any type of plan in place, you may quickly find yourself giving up when faced with any sort of obstacle, setback, or resistance. For example, if your goal is to run three times per week, what will you do if you've missed four days in a row, and how will you proceed if you need to take time off for an illness or injury?
You can start by writing down your goal, making a list of things you might do to achieve that goal, and noting any obstacles that might stand in your way. By knowing exactly what you want to accomplish and the difficulties you might face, you'll be better prepared to stick to your resolution and overcome anything that might sidetrack you.
New Year’s resolutions are notorious for never being achieved.
We seem to make the same mistake over and over – shooting ourselves in the foot by setting near impossible goals.
We refuse to believe that we can’t lose five stone in a year, even if we’ve lost zero stone in the last ten years. We convince ourselves that we can absolutely quit smoking entirely after being on twenty a day since the age of sixteen.
As one Quora user says “Everyone I know who goes to a gym regularly dreads January and can’t wait until the end of March…know why? Because everyone with all the good intentions to hit the gym every week start in January and fizzle out by the end of March.”
Thankfully, several wise men and women on Quora have offered up some advice to help set realistic , achievable goals and – most importantly – actually achieve those goals.
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Six healthy breakfast recipes to try
1) Cook your turkey breast so that it’s ready to add to the mix later on. Best to grill it and then chop it up as it’s healthier than shallow frying. 2) Meanwhile, heat the oil and add your onion, pepper, chilli, mushrooms and celery to your pan. Cook these for around five minutes until your veg is nice and soft. 3) Whisk your eggs and milk together in a separate bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper. 4) Add the egg mixture, veg, cooked turkey and cheese to a high-sided baking pan or tin and cook in your oven for around 15 minutes at 170C.
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Six healthy breakfast recipes to try
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Six healthy breakfast recipes to try
1) Boil your asparagus in water for around five minutes. 2) Meanwhile, mix your eggs and egg whites in a jug, and add a splash of skimmed milk. Chop some peppers up and throw them in too. 3) Once your asparagus is cooked, drain it and chop into smaller chunks. Add these to your egg mixture. 4) Whisk your mixture and season with salt and pepper. 5) Pour the mix into a hot pan with a small knob of butter or a teaspoon of quality olive oil. 6) Cook the omelette for around 90 seconds to two minutes. 7) Once the bottom is cooked, take the pan off the hob and place under the grill for another 30 seconds to a minute in order to cook the top. 8) Serve with your smoked salmon.
Six healthy breakfast recipes to try
Six healthy breakfast recipes to try
Six healthy breakfast recipes to try
“Follow the rules of SMART goals”
Specific – Specify the details of your resolution properly. Ambiguous goals are prone to loopholes which can be exploited by you in future.
Measurable – Your resolution should be measurable so that you can get a boolean answer to whether you have fulfilled it or not.
Assignable – If it is a group task, it should be assignable individually… Avoid ambiguous dependencies.
Realistic – The resolution that is unrealistic is the resolution that fails… Divide your main resolution into smaller ones that seem doable to you. Baby steps are the key.
Time-related – Specify the time limit in which you want to achieve your goal.
“If your New Year’s Resolutions include losing 100 pounds, relocating to Seattle, finding a new career, and getting married then you are on a path to failure, burnout, insanity, or worse.
“If you want to be really successful with something, pick the most important thing on your list you want to do and focus on that and only that.”
Assess your achievements quarterly
“Decide now – write it on your calendar – to have quarterly “board meetings” with yourself to evaluate how well you are doing with your good intentions and your goals.
“April 1st, July 1st, October 1st, and December 31st are good days to sit down and keep yourself honest.”
Make it a habit
“Most of us are creatures of habit, and tend to do things on autopilot.
“Conventional wisdom is that it takes about 21 days to make a habit. So for the first few weeks you’ll have to try really hard to make your resolution work. But after that, your resolution should become habit. It will become automatic and you won’t think too much about it.”
Turn your resolution into lots of tiny resolution
“Break your resolution into small parts. And start with the smallest and easiest step. Once you start doing something, it is so much easier to keep going.”
Make doing it easier
“Whatever you resolve to do, make it easier. If you resolve to stop watching TV, hide your remote. If you resolve to stop drinking, don’t meet your friends at the bar. Plan ahead. Make breaking the resolution difficult.”
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We know it can be challenging to stick to your New Year’s resolutions through the end of the year, but it’s far from impossible. Accountability is key, and with these few steps, you’ll be able to achieve your goals easier than ever.
1. Make specific, realistic resolutions.
Instead of saying “I want to make sleep a priority this year, a better resolution would be “I will maintain a consistent sleep schedule this year by going to sleep by 11 p.m. and waking up at 7 a.m. every day.”
With a clear, actionable statement, you’ll be much more likely to accomplish your goal.
2. Enlist a friend or family member to join you in your resolution.
Joining forces with a loved one can motivate some people since you’d have an extra person to keep you accountable. However, we advise against relying too heavily on others. After all, just because a friend decides to quit morning jogs with you doesn’t mean you should quit as well!
3. Log your progress in a journal.
Journaling your progress toward achieving your resolution will keep you honest with yourself and motivate you to continue.
Once it becomes a habit to write down your progress, achieving your resolution will become a piece of cake.
4. Reward yourself for accomplishing steps toward your resolution.
Whether it means treating yourself to your favorite drink at the end of the week or planning a weekend getaway with friends at the end of the month, give yourself that extra motivation by rewarding yourself for sticking to your resolution after a set time period.
5. Don’t lose faith in yourself if you slip up on your resolution.
There’s no need to rage quit as soon as you slip up on your resolution. Acknowledge that you made a mistake, and continue working toward your resolution with more determination than ever.
It’s finally almost 2021 aka New Year’s resolution time and after such a long year, it’s important to keep looking forward. It’s a time-honored tradition of striving for a better future. We have taken some of the most common resolutions and given them an Estes-themed action plan.
BE HEALTHIER, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY
In Estes, exercising often doesn’t feel like exercising – it’s more fun than anything. Spending time in nature can also do wonders for your mental health, it’s a double whammy. A new activity pops up with every season so boredom isn’t a term we use here in Estes. Snowshoe or earn your turns in the winter and spring, bag some peaks in the summer and hop on a mountain bike or into some climbing shoes in the fall – that should be plenty to keep you busy.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Have you ever been fly fishing? Here’s a first timer’s guide for you. What about backcountry skiing? Here’s what you need to know to get you started. Ever camped on the side of a cliff? Maybe you want to tackle Longs Peak or try ice climbing? With guiding services in town like Colorado Mountain School, Kent Mountain Adventure Center and Kirks Flyshop, to name a few, Estes does its best to make sure you’re comfortable going outside your comfort zone.
In a world full of distractions, it’s hard to be still sometimes, or to be content being still at least. So here’s our best advice to get this one achieved–do the resolutions above first and incorporate reading into your recovery routine. Finding a book to keep your attention can be challenging, so here’s a list of some Estes-inspired reads. Want more options? Head to the library or the quaint Macdonald Book Shop. Once you grab a book, pick up a hot drink at one of Estes’s cozy coffee shops to set the mood.
SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
In Estes, it feels like there’s always a reason for an impromptu girls weekend, a day trip with the kiddos or a long vacation with the whole family. With built-in socially distanced outdoor activities everywhere you step and fun lodging set up for groups like yours we don’t think it will take much convincing. If we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s the importance of human connection. Dedicated time spent with the ones you love is important and in Estes, there is something for everyone. After a day on the trails go on a self-led art gallery tour on Elkhorn Ave for inspiration before taking an art class from Inspired Artisan Market & Studio.
Resolutions can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. Already planning a summer trip here? (We hope so, it’s smart to book in advance). We have collected a long list of free activities for you to do. Throughout the year, local businesses provide savings on multi-night stays, special attraction-and-room packages, free meals or in-room perks, and more. Check the specials page frequently to see the latest.
BE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
How you treat the places you visit matters and the simplest things can make a difference. Leave no trace is a phrase we toss around often, however, it shouldn’t be taken lightly – here’s how it works. Did you pick up a trail map? Recycle it at the ranger station once you’re done. Other great options to fulfill this resolution are to road trip here if time allows for it and shop and eat local!
It’s healthy to set goals for the upcoming year but let’s not get bummed if one or two fall through the cracks. All we can do is our best and sometimes that can be a shift in mindset. We hope you have a wonderful year and give yourself time to tackle these resolutions in Estes Park.
Everyone loves the idea of making positive changes to their life but in practice, there’s usually something keeping you from actualizing these changes such as the amount of time, energy, mental resistance, focus, and willpower you have. The new year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book. If you never had the habit of dedicating time out to reflect on your achievements for the past year and ponder through your resolutions and goals for the new year, it is perhaps time to do so. Yes, we all know that despite the best intentions, 92% of folks failed to stay true to their resolutions. That’s why we are here to help with 5 important considerations when you plan for a year of achievements.
1. Know Your Hotspots
Every day you invest your resources (like time, energy, willpower, money, and focus) into a number of different hotspots such as Family, Career, Relationships, Finances, Health, Fun etc. Your hotspots, when added up, make up who you are. To be able to take a step back from your life, it’s important to list out and take inventory of exactly what is in each of your hotspots.
Diving deep into each of your hotspots will help you identify some of the potential New Year’s resolutions to make because you will be able to see your entire life at a glance, and identify where you need to change the most.
2. Anchor Your Core Values To Your Hotspots
To prioritised your hotspots, you have to uncover and define your core values. Defining your core values will help you align your goals with who you really are, and you will be much more motivated to act on your resolutions this way.
When you make resolutions that are in line with what you deeply value, you can be sure that you’re not just making a resolution because you like the idea of making the change, you can be sure you deeply value whatever change you plan to make. If you’re having trouble defining your values, what often works for me is to look at how I spend my time on a daily basis, and then work backwards from there toward my values.
3. Your Time, Energy & Willpower Are Limited
When selecting your resolutions and goals, it is important to know that you only have a finite amount of time, energy, and willpower. It is crucial to understand the costs behind changes and if they are worth it in the first place. Taking the time to reflect these costs help to determine their impact to your life and whether the particular New Year’s resolution is worth making.
The easiest way to tell if a change is a high enough priority for you is to look at whether you’ve made it at some points in the previous years. If you have made a conscious effort to make some significant changes, chances are it’s important to you, and if you have not even lift a finger to do anything, it’s probably not as important (in practice) as you might think it is.
4. Make Your Goals SMART, Small & Challenging
Many people make a crucial mistake at this juncture. They stop planning and don’t create a plan to follow to actually follow through on their resolutions. This is probably why 92% of people fail at their resolutions. The “SMART” model to setting goals is very simple and very powerful. It says that for a goal to be a good one, it has to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. Resolutions such as the ones below are too general and have no measurable.
For it to be attainable, you have to make your positive, lasting changes very small. The reasoning behind it is simple: the smaller the changes you try to make to your life, the more likely you’ll actually make them. Smaller resolutions will also make you delightfully anxious. For example, if you make a New Year’s resolution to lose one kilogram a month for four months, create a plan to reach your goal and then only visit the gym once a week to start. If you care about making the resolution (that is, it’s aligned to your values), you will be incredibly anxious to ramp up how many times you hit the gym a week as the year rolls on.
Just because your New Year’s resolutions should be small doesn’t mean that they should be easy. Especially if your resolution is to learn a new skill (or you need a specific skill to achieve your goal), activities that pose a challenge roughly equal to your skill level. It is important to have fun along the way!
5. Reward Periodically & Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
A lot of people have the tendency to be hard on themselves when they make changes to their lives. They set unrealistic expectations for themselves, don’t reward themselves when they reach milestones on their goals, and many people (myself included) have the tendency to constantly push their goals just a little beyond their reach, so they’re never quite able to achieve them.
Go easy on yourself. Put in breaks in between your goals and reward yourself when you achieve them.
We hope you find our 5 considerations helpful. All the best in working out your personal resolutions for the coming year and may you have a fruitful year of achievements.
Making new year’s resolutions is one of the many things that are easier said than done. Many fail to achieve their new year’s resolutions as they fail to achieve their goals in life. As a matter of fact, they are intertwined, if you can achieve goals, you can achieve a resolution.
What is resolution? Resolution can be defined as a firm decision, a strong determination to make a change in ones life. This change can be to stop or start something. Therefore, resolution is an essential step in ones life at one point or the other as long as change is inevitable. There must always be something to stop and something to start.
According to Ashira Prossack , “less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.” This brings us to how you can be among the only 8% that accomplish their new year resolutions? I provide 5 strategies that can help you be among the 8% that achieve their resolutions.
How To Make An Achievable Resolutions.
Have reasons for making your resolutions
Avoid the idea of making resolutions because it is 1st of January. Make your resolutions whenever you need to make it and make sure you have reasons for making them. A resolution made without a strong reason has the tendency of collapsing even without noticing it. When you have reasons for the change you want, it helps to keep you in motion. This is also important for you when setting goals. Read more on why you must start setting goals, and stop making wishes.
Write down your resolution and place it where you can always see it
To achieve your new year’s resolutions, they must always be written down. But, it is one thing to write down your resolution, it is another to attach value to it for you to achieve it. In view of that, write down your resolutions and place them where you can always see them. This is important because it will help you to always get reminded of what you have promised yourself to continue, stop or start. This can be done by locating your most regular sitting place in your apartment, place it there as a wall paper.
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Avoid generalizing your resolutions
Avoid writing down resolution in its general form. For example, I want to stop waking late. That is not detailed, you can help yourself by simply saying “I want to be waking at 6:00am.” Waking up at 6:00am might not be late for person A and might be extremely late for person B. You know what you need, and you know why you want to start such new habit. Therefore, write down the actual change and avoid a general statement. This is important as it will help you in next point.
Evaluate your resolutions
Learn how to evaluate your resolutions if you truly want to achieve them. The best way to do this is to also include how you plan evaluating yourself in the same paper where you wrote the resolutions. Evaluation could be weekly, monthly, or quarterly. The form of evaluation depends on the nature of your resolution. For example, if your resolution is to start visiting gym three days in a week; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this year, how do you evaluate that?
You can simply have a monthly evaluation. After the end of January, take up your diary and check if you truly respect the promises made to yourself.
You might have missed the gym for some reasons, look into it and check if it’s worth it. Failure to do this regularly will be equivalent to unnoticeable withdrawal from your self-made promises. Another example, let us assume you want to lose 12 pounds of your weight in a year, make it clear to know how you want to achieve this, I want to achieve 12 pounds of weight in a year, I will lose 1 pound in one month. It is easy to simply set your evaluation on monthly evaluation or twice in a month to see if you are able to achieve the lose of 1 pound in a month. This will give you a quick information of self-assessment.
This is a practice some people are used to, but strange to others. It is a great idea to reward yourself on anything you do. You can decide to attach your need to resolution. How do you reward yourself? You need a new phone, you can simply include it in the writing that I will buy this new phone if I am able to attend gym for the first 2 weeks in February. If you fail to visit gym and buy the phone, no one will arrest you for that, but it is a helpful strategy that can set you on a motion.
Sometime we use this strategies for our children by assuring them a new bicycle if they can score up to 90 in mathematics. They are your children, you can decide to give them bicycle or not, but attaching it to what you know they want is to set them on motion. Read ways to bring out the best in people.
I hope you can get your resolutions right with these 5 strategies on how to achieve new year resolutions
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It is that time of the year again. Everyone is ready with the list of habits and traits we want to improve. Ready to start on the first of January.
But I know a secret.
How do I know ? There have been many studies which have confirmed the fact that less than 20% of people go on through with their resolution for more than six months. How do they do it?
I have never been able to keep a new year’s resolution. But I started answering on Quora around two months back and I made a resolution then. I want to answer 100 questions before the end of 2017. And I am on course as of now.
Well making a resolution is easy, sticking to it, not so much. So I started to find what is it that these resolution keepers do. And there are a lot things these people do. But there were a few which were a common to all. I observed that there are three keys these people have which are at the core of their persistence.
What you will also observe that even if these are three different things, they follow each other. Once you have the first one sorted out, you will naturally move to the next. And once you have the first two clear, you will want to start now.
The 3 keys for achieving your resolutions
The most common response to this is, “Of course I want it badly, why else would I want to take the efforts and change.”
That is why I say really badly. As badly as you would want air to live.
But it does not finish here. There are a lot of things I know I want badly, but if you ask me to write it down, I may not be able to do so. This happens because I have not given it a thought.
So wanting anything should not end in your thoughts.
Tell it to yourself. Say it to yourselves loudly. Write it down.
And not just the what, but the why as well. Do not be ashamed if you sound desperate or rude. You do not have to share it with anyone. Be convinced about it 100%. If this is clear to you, I can assure you that no one can stop you from achieving it.
When the why is clear, the how is easy — Jim Rohn
Even though you decided on what you wanted, it is not enough. You have to be exactly clear about it. In the most detail possible.
You should be able to visualize it. For example if I say
- I want to write on Quora for 3 months
- I want to finish writing a 100 answers by end of 2017
The second one is much easy to visualize. Also you will know when you have finished.
When you can give these specific signals to your unconscious mind, it will start preparing to achieve it. It will prepare yourselves in the background to spend the required efforts. But if you do not give it any specific input the unconscious mind will not be able to help you.
Also if you read carefully, I say that the wants should be specific, not reasonable. I would go ahead and say that they should be a bit unreasonable. Also bigger and more than what you think you can achieve. You should be required to stretch to achieve it.
Remember when you set the bar a bit high, both you conscious and unconscious brain will work extra towards it. It is when you will be working at your maximum potential than you will be able to do more than you ever thought possible.
The most important key.
People who are able to keep their resolutions are not the one’s who start on the new years day, they start now.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now — Chinese proverb
No day is perfect. You will never be ready. You will never be more prepared. Start now.
Also if you have the first two principle sorted out, you will not be willing to delay. You will want to start now. Do not worry if you do not know how to do it. It will become clear. But take the first step right now. I mean really now.
If you are able go through with these 3 keys, I am sure you will be able to stick to your all your resolutions.
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