Here we are once again motivated by our New Year’s resolutions- facing new experiences, new challenges, new growth, and determined to succeed. Unfortunately for some of us, January’s good intentions turn into July’s distant memories! You’re probably thinking “is it even worth the trouble, heartache, and pain to set goals for the New Year? After all, so many others have failed…”
True. However, there is good news: according to research by John Norcross, a psychology professor at the University of Scranton (Pa.), 46 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions remain on track six months later. Furthermore, those who make resolutions are ten times more likely to reach their goals than people with identical aims and comparable motivation who don’t make resolutions, Norcross says.
Here are 6 practical tips to help you stay on track and make your resolutions lead to improvement:
1) Resolve to be happy. Foster a positive outlook and let go of limiting beliefs. Changing your inner attitude will create an outer change in your life. Practice optimism by adjusting your mindset, building healthy relationships, and staying positive. Forgive yourself and others, and don’t forget to laugh (a lot!).
2) Resolve to be real. Set specific but very realistic goals. Start by identifying a long-term goal (reducing stress, for example) and narrowing it down to a particular action that can be measured (such as practicing yoga three times a week). Also, be sure to allow for mistakes along the way. “The vast majority of resolvers have at least one slip in January,” says Norcross, noting that many go on to renew their resolutions. “In our research, 71 percent of successful resolvers said their first slip actually strengthened their efforts. It was a wake-up call”.
3) Resolve to be grateful. Developing gratitude is one of the simpler routes to a greater sense of well-being. When we practice being grateful, we take the focus and the power from the negative and are more able to center on the positive. Keeping a healthy perspective allows us to look at solutions rather than problems and provides greater emotional balance. Try maintaining a journal to serve as a reminder for all you appreciate.
4) Resolve to be resourceful. Utilize your gifts, talents, and relationships to cultivate an abundant environment. Chances are you already possess the basic skills and talents you need to propel you towards the prosperity you seek. Build personal business skills that will bring you the very highest return on investment of your time, energy, and health; no one else is going to do it for you.
5) Resolve to be creative. Create your outcome by taking action steps (like these) towards walking into your calling. Energize your vision by stating clear objectives and design a plan for achieving your goals. Try new wealth creation strategies and become a person who naturally produces, achieves, and enjoys. The purpose of creation is experience, so embrace daily challenges as opportunities to expand and exceed the limits of your own self-belief.
6) Resolve to stick to the plan. Don’t get distracted and don’t give up! Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity (such as exercising) to become a habit and 6 months for it to become part of your personality. Your new healthful habits will become second-nature in no time. Remember: KEEP TRYING. If your resolution has totally run out of steam by mid-February, don’t despair; start over again. There’s no reason why you can’t make a resolution any time of the year!
What are your health and wellness goals for the New Year? Share your comments below!