This happens every year, “I make a resolution and then by February or March life takes over and the resolutions made at the beginning of the year is long forgotten. And then I am engulfed in a guilt cycle which eats me up rest of the year”. Does this short story sound familiar and do you picture yourself in this story? Well when it comes to motivation and willpower we are always in short supply. But setting New Year Resolution and sticking to them has nothing to do with motivation and willpower. Here we give you 5 ways that will make you stick to your New Year Resolution in 2017 and the good news is these are not related to being motivated and willpower.
Set just one goal – Rather than have multiple resolutions have just 1 resolutions this New Year. This narrows down your focus to just that one thing which will make it easier for your mind to say this is doable.
Break your larger goal to smaller goals – If you’re goal this year is to lose 10 pounds of weight, then break it up quarterly and then further weekly. This way it seems like small bite sizes and does not require one to have massive willpower to make the smaller goals happen every week.
Set yourself up for small wins – Convert the bite sized goals to small wins. Winning makes one feel like they are in control of the situation. These small wins set you up for larger wins in the long run.
Negotiables and non-negotiables – Despite having smaller bite sized goals, you can still fall behind at times. This is the time the negotiables and non-negotiables come handy. When you do slip, you can just get back into the game without beating yourself up for not performing well a certain day or week.
Maintain a log or record – every day or every once in 3 days update your progress. This will help you when you don’t feel motivated to carry on. Sometimes you might feel your efforts are not showing. This log will be living proof that showcases small incremental improvements which might not be visible to naked eye otherwise.