With 2019 almost here it’s time we all put our thinking caps on and decide on some New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
New Year’s resolutions, extremely common both in the East and West, are a promise to fulfil an act of self improvement, or something that will generally benefit ourselves or others.
A few common New Year’s resolutions include:
– Giving up smoking
– Learning English
– Doing more exercise
– Taking up a new hobby or interest
– Saving money
– Travelling more
– Making new friends
– Spending more time with family
… and the list goes on!
However, many people often get demotivated or forget about their original ideas and ambitions, leading them to failure in seeing through their New Year’s resolutions.
That’s why we are going to give you 5 tips on how to feel inspired and most of all stick to those resolutions, no matter what happens!
1. Baby steps
Taking one step at a time towards your goal is something which is largely overlooked. Often people jump straight into their New Year’s resolutions and think it will be the best way to stick to them. This is frequently a source of failure.
Studies have shown that gradual, consistent change is the key to progress. Take it slowly! If your goal is to try to stop smoking, then first start by reducing your amount of cigarettes a month or two before the end of the year. That way upon the arrival of the New Year, you will be able to achieve the goal of giving up on January 1st.
Probably one of the biggest motivators to get our blood pumping and put us on the right track is exercise. Of course the biggest hurdle is taking the first step and starting, but once you begin everything will fall into place.
Doing exercise makes us feel and look great! Once you start to feel good in your skin and to also look good you will feel more inspired to take care of yourself. You may be a smoker and find that smoking and exercise just don’t go hand in hand. Exercise gives you mental clarity and with a clear mind you will probably want to have a healthy body too! So hop on the treadmill and start running towards 2018!
3. Starting small
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. If you want to change absolutely everything about your life or if you set twenty or thirty resolutions, chances are you will not be able to see them through. Change requires discipline and hard work. Start small and work your way up. Don’t try to change too many things in one year! Take your time and be specific about your goals.
4. Get a calendar
Marking off your goals on a calendar is a great way of seeing your progress. Humans are visual animals: we get a lot of stimulation from visual aid. If you mark off the days on the calendar you have been doing exercise, writing your first novel or been without drinking, it will give you a lot more inspiration to continue.
Eventually it will feel like your own personal challenge as your see the changes marked off day by day on your own calendar.
5. How much do you really want it?
Make your New Year’s resolution worth remembering. If you feel passionately about something, you are more than likely able to fulfil it. So, be realistic and ask yourself how much you really want to see a change. Chances are if you want something badly enough, you will get it.