New Year Resolution-how to go about?

1. Choose a Specific, Realistic Goal.

Every year, millions of adults resolve to “lose weight” 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. For example, you mights say that you are going to lose 10 pounds or run a mini-marathon. Choosing a concrete, achievable goal also gives you the opportunity to plan exactly how you are going to achieve your goal over the course of the year.

True.There is a fad right now, especially in the Corporate Culture, to set long term goals and short term goals.( I normally tell people that my long term goal is to live and short term goal is how to go about getting the next meal).What normally happens in such organisations is that people either do their jobs or not.Instead of talking shop, one could identify what wants to be done, what his abilities are and start doing with out thinking too much about planning,implementation,methodology etc   .

Do what you want and at the same time what you can.

2. Pick Just One Resolution.

Yes , one step at a time.

3. Don’t Wait Until New Year’s Eve.

Correct.Do what you have to to day and right now.The fact that you are waiting for a specfic date is an indication of your weak resolve.

For instance if you want to quit Drinking do it the moment you feel like implementing it and announce it to others so that even if you want to return to your old ways the fact that you have informed others will  make you think twice.

4. Start With Small Steps.

I differ

For a case like drinking/weight reduction you have to go all out.

For Other resolutions like catching up with old pals, keeping up to peer pressure, improved communication skills; may be fine with ‘small steps’

5. Avoid Repeating Past Failures

Even here one has to careful about analysing the cause of past failures;for instance we might have failed for no fault of ours.In that case we have to be  careful  in exercising pressure on our selves.

In all actions one must remember that we  are only one of the factors for the completion of a task and not all the factors.These factors are not in our control.So the best way is perform to your fullest potential without bothering too much about the out come.

6. Remember That Change Is a Process

Those unhealthy habits that you are trying to change probably took years to develop, so how can you expect to change them in just a matter or days, weeks or months? It may take longer than you would like to achieve your goals, but remember that this is not a race to the finish. Once you have made the commitment to change a behavior, it is something that you will continue to work on for the rest of your life.

7. Don’t Let Small Stumbles Bring You Down

Encountering a setback is one of the most common reasons why people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions. If you suddenly relapse into a bad habit, don’t see this as a failure. The path toward your goal is not a straight one, and there are always going to be challenges. Instead, view relapses as learning opportunities.

If you are keeping a resolution journal, write down important information about when the relapse occurred and what might have triggered it. By understanding the challenges you face, you will be better prepared to deal with them in the future.

8. Get Support from Your Friends and Family

Yes, you’ve probably heard this advice a million times, but that is because the buddy system actually works. Having a solid support system can help you stay motivated. Explain what your goals are to your close friends or family and ask them to help you achieve your objectives. Better yet, enlist the help of others by joining a group that shares your goal.
Very vital.

9. Renew Your Motivation

During the first days of a New Year’s Resolution, you will probably feel confident and highly motivated to reach your goal. Because you haven’t really faced any discomfort or temptation associated with changing your behavior, making this change might seem all too easy.

After dealing with the reality of dragging yourself to the gym at 6 A.M. or gritting your teeth through headaches brought on by nicotine withdrawal, your motivation to keep your New Year’s Resolution will probably start to dwindle. When you face such moments, remind yourself of exactly why you are doing this. What do you have to gain by achieving your goal? Find sources of inspiration that will keep you going when times get tough.

I feel that going along with what we set ourselves to do will be fine. Motivation etc, in my opinion, are things that look good in a text book or in a seminar and not in real life, meaning that you do/ are doing what you like doing.Period.You can’t beat a dead horse.

10. Keep Working on Your Goals

By February, many people have lost that in

itial spark of motivationthat they felt immediately after making their New Year’s Resolution. Keep that inspiration alive by continuing to work on your goals, even after facing setbacks. If your current approach is not working, reevaluate your strategies and develop a new plan.

Consider keeping a resolution journal, where you can write about your successes and struggles. Write down the reasons why you are working toward your goal so that you can refer to them during times when you feel uninspired and unmotivated. By sticking with it and working on your goal all year long, you can be one of the few able to say that you really did keep your New Year’s Resolution.

Rather you keep on doing what you are doing;if you lose interest, examine yourself.

If still disinterested over a period of time repeatedly, better to leave it.


Lose weight

–          Concentrate more in studying

–          Focus on Career

–          Quit Smoking/Drinking

–          Save money for the future

–          Spend more time with the family

–          Get out of debt

–          Help others in every little way

–         Spending money wisely

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